Jared was born as an only child in Miduna Beach to Clark and Evelyn Mead, an army general and banker. In 2001, his father served in the Afghanistan war, and he was discharged after his PTSD interfered with his work. Jared, being only young at the time, didn't have an understanding of PTSD or war, but it wasn't until he grew older that he realized his dad had developed an alcohol addiction and his mother was also depressed, but without enough energy or will to leave.
He tried to keep his family life very separate from his life with friends, and unless his friends were particularly close, they wouldn't have had a clue that there was anything wrong at home. Even the friends who did know about his home life knew he didn't like talking about it. Still, around friends, he was usually the life of the party, regarded as a really nice guy, getting along with anyone. After high school, Jared decided to uphold the family tradition of serving in the army, just like the past five generations of Meads had, and since then he's organized with his parents to take two weeks of leave every six months.