After mourning from the loss of his parents in a pileup of cars, Jim Hardy dropped out of his military education to care for his younger brother, Robbie, who was extremely ill from a genetic neuro-degenerative disease. The healthcare that was given seemed to have little effect on the condition over the years. Jim worked in and out of various labour based jobs, trying saving money in a hope that private medical treatments that may make Robbie's suffering less extreme. All of the saving was for nothing, however, as Robbie passed away in July of 2015 at the age of 11. Distraught by this, Jim spent the following months alone and eventually decided he would take his own life. An old friend, Stan, who was checking on him frequently, found him unconscious in his house. After being rushed to the hospital, he was stabilized and returned home after a few weeks. Stan proved himself to be a great friend, and encouraged him to keep the money he was saving for a holiday all across the world to help him move on. Stan even agreed to come with him on the international trip to keep him company. One of the points in this trip happened to be Chernarus: the cheaper option of the surrounding area due to the past conflict. After leaving their adventures in Western Europe, the two finally arrived in Chernarus. However, only a week into their stay in the country, problems arose. Upon being unable to leave the country due to military actions, they decided it would be best to just wait it out. The infected came in numbers and they had to flee west into unfamiliar forests. Days later, Stan turned upon Jim in a rabid state, lashing at his throat with his hands and trying to bite down on his flesh. Fortunately, Jim pulled his knife and managed to defend himself in a brutal array of slashes. As he sat to rest, he noticed a large gash across his throat that he attended to immediately with his incomplete training of basic medicine. Through months of pain, he did not find himself turning into one of those things. With his scarred neck and croaking, broken voice, he once again considered ending it all, but after remembering all of the people that had passed in his life, he knew he couldn't give up. Jim decided on doing whatever he could in order to survive for those that he had left behind.