Alive Day

Happy Alive Day (for me anyway). Exactly one year ago today while leading a convoy back from LSA Anaconda, my HMMWV was hit by an Iranian Shape Charge. The charge penetrated the armor and promptly removed my right arm below the elbow and nearly my left as well. After hopping from Iraq to Germany, I finally arrived at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC on Christmas Eve. After 8 long months of therapy, surgeries, and thousands of pills, I went back to school to get on with my life. Despite a brain injury, loss of my dominant arm, and severe nerve damage to my remaining limb, I’m glad I went to Iraq. I’m glad I could take part in Iraq’s future. Most importantly, I do not regret any of it. Happy Alive Day.

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