List of Items Needed for Staff Sergeant Jason Duke North

Please remember to bring one of the following items to support the Texas Sentinel Foundation. Our donations will support the family of Staff Sergeant Jason Duke North, whose story is below the list.

List of Recommended Donations

  1. Baby ‘essentials’
  2. Diapers for the twins – 3 months and up
  3. Books and play things for the twins
  4. Books for 6 year old Haley
  5. Small items for Haley’s Stocking
  6. HEB and Kroger Gift Certificates
  7. Any Restaurant Gift Certificates
  8. Pantry items such as can goods, PB, condiments & paper goods
  9. Cash or Checks (payable to Barb Kelley)

Jason's Story

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 10.56.19 AMIn February of 2004, I joined the United States Army as a 19 delta cavalry scout.  In my eight years in the Army, I completed two tours in Iraq (one 18 month tour and a 15 month tour). During my first tour (2004-2006), I conducted multiple raid missions as a point man for the raid team. My raid team had the highest detainee and conviction rate out of the whole unit which helped with my unit achieve a service award. In October of 2008 (eleven months into my second tour), I was injured in a Humvee rollover accident which changed my life completely. Visibility was at zero loom that night and the insurgents were in the distance on horseback. We proceeded to engage and they led us into a trap. It was a deep ditch in a wade system covered by sticks and leaves. As the gunner of the Humvee, I was most exposed and at the top of the vehicle. As we rolled over, the .50cal came off of its mount and smashed into the front of my face then pinning me against the bottom part of the floor. Meanwhile, the extra ammo hit my back and fractured my vertebrae. I was ground medevac FOB Sykes which was five hours away. The medics said I was suffering from some major spasms from the accident. I still finished the tour by helping out with the radio detail and other little jobs.

In January of 2009, we redeployed back to Fort Hood. Readjusting to life was a lot more difficult this time around.  I had my wife look at my swollen back and she told me to see a doctor. Work was too busy and I had to keep pushing it back. The next couple of months, the pain did not go away and became worse. When I finally did get the opportunity, my doctor (LTC Brooks) told me I fractured my back in three places and for the past couple of months, I was continuously fracturing my vertebrae because it didn’t have time to heal properly because of my workload. Due to the extent of my injuries, I was put on staff duty until they were able to transfer me to the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU).

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In May of 2010, during a routine appointment with my nurse case manager (CPT Kramer) I had several grand mal seizures.  I fell to the floor, where the nurses in the building came to help me. I was sent to the emergency room and then released. The doctor said they could not do anything because they did not visibly see it and to return if it did happen again. I do not remember a lot of what happened, but my wife (Maryjoy) told me the following morning, that she found me seizing next to the open dishwasher with a bleeding open wound to my forehead. We went from Metroplex Hospital Emergency Room to Darnall Army Medical Center. The seizures were not subsiding (about 30 a day) and I was admitted to the med-surgical floor. After a couple days, I was transferred to the ICU. I was exhausted and frustrated. I couldn’t eat or do simple commands. I asked the hospital chaplain to find the bishops of the Latter Day Saints to do a visit and blessing for me in the ICU. That night, I was sent to Scott and White ICU for further care. Dr. Lamancusa diagnosed me after running an ECG and other tests to diagnose Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy. I was finally released. For the next couple of months, I was a frequent flyer at the emergency rooms. I have had seizures trying to do formation, during other appointments, but mostly in the WTU day room. With these seizures came many injuries, I have sprained my wrist from landing on it.  I have hit my head on the floor (concrete, tile, carpet, and linoleum), several toilets, a couple tubs, some doors, and a wall or two.

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After two years in the WTU, I was medically discharged.  The facial injury left me with a deviated septum. As a result, I suffer from severe apnea, no air passage way through my left nostril and there is pressure on Eustachian tubes causing a delay in my hearing,

I have limited movement to my right hand due to being bit by an Iraq insurgent. I have a serve laceration and deep tendon cutting which caused loses of movement to my right hand My wrist was broken (‘boxer fracture’) during a mission, arthritis in multiple joints, migraines, light sensitivity, motion sickness, PTSD, depression and impaired cognitive disorder.

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When I got out of the military, my wife had to quit her full time job with Scott and White Hospital as a nurse to be my personal nurse. She makes sure I follow up and attend my many appointments. She also makes sure I take my medication, have enough medication and refills.I have a great team of doctors (civilian, VA, and military) that help me with my injuries. My primary care provider is a Darnall Army Medical Center. I have a civilian neurologist. The VA takes care of my physical rehab for my back and my pain management. I also receive care for my Bi-pap needs from the VA.

Our finances are being managed by her. I am still not cleared to drive by my neurologist so she does all the driving for our family. She brings me to school, the gym, and my appointments.  I volunteer for the WTU with their wheelchair basketball program and am a full time student at Central Texas College.

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Haley, our 5 year old daughter, is going into First Grade this Fall and is involved with ballet, tap, piano, and Filipino cultural dancing. My wife works when she can (PRN-nurse at a Rehab and Nursing Center in Copperas Cove and a Histology Assistant at Metroplex Hospital when she can. Parole, my service dog, was given to me March 2012 to alert me of my seizures and get help when they happen.

Frances Nicholson, Candidate for District II VP

We are pleased to announce that Frances Nicholson, Candidate for District II VP, will be joining us at our monthly meeting to share her campaign speech. Please join us if you can.

Frances joined ABWA in April of 2007 and is a member of the Tu’Ya Chapter in Oklahoma City, Ok.

When she joined, Frances jumped in with both feet. Taking on the first job as Secretary in 2007-2008. Then moving up to Vice President in 2008-2009 and then to President for 2 terms from 2009-2011. Then Secretary again in 2012-2013. Frances has served on the Board of the Oklahoma Area Council and has served on both Regional and National Conference Teams with being a Co-Lead for the Auction Committee in 2011. Frances has been honored as Tu’Ya’s Woman of the year 2010 and Top Ten Candidate in 2012 and 2013.  Is now an Approved Candidate for District 2 Vice President.

I have worked for the same company ( Hertz Corporation ) for 36 years. During the 36 years have worn many hats and had the opportunity to be in a leadership and mentoring roles. Being a member of ABWA has certainly given me the confidence to step out of my box and be a stronger leader, mentor and facilitator.

Frances’ proudest moment was being named one of the Oklahoma’s Journal Records Top Executive Assistants in 2011. This honor was given to 35 woman who showed outstanding company support and leadership skills. Another one of her proudest moments was being selected to be one of the Co-Leads for the Auction Committee at the National Conference in Irving Texas. What an Honor!!!

Frances believes one of the secrets to her success is treating everyone with respect and “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you”. By doing this people will see that you are a genuine and sincere person and will stand beside you to help you succeed in all that you do. They will see that you will stand beside and support them in all they do. She would love to help all woman move from the back of the room to the front into whatever leadership role they would like to accomplish.

Frances believes that the ABWA friendships that she has made in the past 9 years has seen her through the roughest times in her life the past 2 years. I feel so Blessed and eternally grateful for those friendships.


CYFEN Woman of the Year

Congratulations to CYFEN's Woman of the Year Kathi Schmidt of REACH Unlimited!

More Congratulations Are In Order!

Additional congratulations extended to Darlene Hajduk of  Proline Supply Company on being named CYFEN's Top Ten Business Woman and the Woman of Excellence for 2013!

Congratulations, CYFEN Women!

Congratulations to Darlene Hajduk of ProLine Supply Company, who won the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award!!

Kudos also go to Berni Horan of Liberty Mutual Insurance, who was recognized as a finalist candidate for the chamber’s Ambassador of the Year Award.

Way to go fabulous women of CYFEN!

Leadership North Houston Award

Congratulations to our very own Kelly Norton, for her recent Leadership North Houston award! Kelly was named Leadership North Houston's "2011 Distinguished Community Leader". She truly is a model of authentic and empowering leadership in the North Houston community and beyond. We are so proud of you, Kelly!

The Practice of Leadership

Melissa Rotholz (President-Elect) and Kelly Norton (Past Vice President of Membership) presented to hundreds of Cy-Fair ISD VIPS (volunteers) on May 17 at their annual Spring Training. You can access their presentation materials on leadership and teamwork here:

The Practice of Leadership.pptx

Working Mother Magazine

Our wonderful CYFEN Past President, Anya Lucas, was quoted in a magazine article!

"You Can't Fire Your Kids, so..." in the current February/March 2011 issue of Working Mother magazine:

Our newsletter won a regional award!

Kelly Norton, VP of Membership, attended the ABWA regional conference in Albuquerque in April and submitted two sample issues for judging. CYFEN News was among the winners! Kelly accepted the award on behalf of editor Dana Fisher Ashrawi. You can see the award logo on the Home page of the website, and a list of all winners in the last issue of the ABWA magazine. The newsletter goes on for national competition in September. Thanks to everyone who has played a part in contributing articles, reports, photos, and suggestions.


Congratulations to our 2012 Woman of Excellence, Kathi Schmitt! She will receive her award at the 2012 Woman of Excellence Gala on September 22, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. Let's show Kathi our support by joining the CYFEN table for the event. RSVP to

The Federation of Houston Professional Women presents the

2012 Women of Excellence Gala
Voices of Excellence
September 22, 2012

Honoree Rehearsal Tea
September 16, 2012

Hyatt Regency Downtown
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX

Gala Individual Tickets: $100
Table Sponsorship: $1,100
Sponsorship includes seating for 10, table placard
Sponsor name included in video presentation at Gala
Sponsor acknowledged on this web site

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