Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Date of Injury: 1/3/2005
Hospital: National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Unit: Part of 1st Battalion/ 7th Marines, Charlie Company
Date deployed to Iraq: Third/fourth week of August 2004
Location of Injury: Al Qaim, Iraq
List of Injuries: Double amputee below the knees, shrapnel in parts of thighs and wrists, some memory and hearing loss, post traumatic stress disorder.
Now, I get up every morning by the Grace of God and get around like I did before the accident. I can do almost everything that I did before but of course at nights I have to use my wheelchair when I don't have my legs on. Showering is usually a challenge if I travel but everything is basic.
I am involved with the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center, I still interact with the Marine Corps some, I voluntarily go see new patients at BAMC who have recently come back injured to offer some advice/help/sympathy/inspiration, and I am one of the national spokesmen for Wounded Warrior Project/DSUSA in which helps raise money and awareness for the wounded military men - the money helps get the wounded involved in sports, activities, and outings again and encourages them to continue on with life. One of the greatest challenges I've had to face since I came home is to learn to walk again. That was huge. To get my body back to normal physically. To challenge myself daily in physical therapy in order to play with my kids again and do all that I could with my wife again.
As for the future, I hope to always help other military men and women forever in any way that I can. I hope to graduate one day with degree in business that somehow incorporates helping others that need me in some way. I hope to be a positive influence for others and to set an example for those that have given up hope. I hope to always be the father and husband that my family needs and to always show them that I am forever grateful that they love me for who I am.