From the Baton Rouge Advocate
By George Morris
Badly wounded in Iraq, Lt. j.g. Jason Redman, a Navy SEAL, thought he would die, but did not. Later, he dealt with the emotions of well-meaning hospital visitors. He’s faced 37 surgeries and considerable therapy.
Yet, it was some of the more-mundane indignities of his recovery that gave Redman an idea. Medical devices necessary for healing did not allow for normal clothing. When he was in public, people didn’t understand what they were seeing.
“Most people did not associate my injuries with things that had occurred on the battlefield,” Redman said, explaining many wrongly assumed he was injured in a car or motorcycle accident, “and I thought that was a travesty at the time.”
So, he created a solution for those like him.
Redman founded Wounded Wear, a nonprofit organization that provides clothing to wounded warriors. The clothes identify the wearers as having received their disfigurements in the nation’s service, and are altered, as needed, to accommodate the owners’ unique needs.
“One part was creating the custom clothing to make their life easier,” he said. “The other part was creating fashionable clothing that raised national awareness that the guys and gals could wear that would be a badge of honor that would say, ‘I was scarred so that others may live free,’ and other people would see it and see their injuries and it would dawn on them that, ‘Wow, this guy or this gal got wounded for my freedom.’”
Redman will be at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge on Nov. 9 as part of the second Never Quit, Never Forget gala, which raises funds for organizations that support wounded veterans or their family members. In addition to Wounded Wear, the gala will support Special Ops Survivors, which assists the families of special operations personnel killed in combat.