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Anthony Smith

In 2004, just north of Baghdad, the 39th Infantry Brigade came under attack. Major Anthony Smith remembers dust flying and the sound of fire – then everything went black. Anthony took a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade. The missile went through his hip and stomach before it exploded, throwing him against a brick wall.…


Anthony McDaniel

Cpl. Anthony McDaniel sits sprawled on the grass in a pair of red sweatpants and Air Jordans. It’s 2012 and we’re at the Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton, California. Anthony’s smile is genuine and his laugh contagious as he quotes comedian Kevin Hart with one of his track coaches. At first glance, Anthony looks…

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Aaron Hale

On December 8, 2011, Staff Sergeant Hale, an EOD technician, was severely injured in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated. Every bone in SSG Hale’s face was broken, he suffered severe burns, and was left completely blind. He served a tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. SSG Hale’s unit completed 1,100…