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Kendra Garza

U.S. Army Sgt. Kendra Garza always knew she wanted to join the military, a decision that was further emphasized by Sept. 11, 2001. After everything that Kendra sacrificed for the U.S., the 27-year-old said she wouldn’t do anything differently. “The No. 1 question I get is if I knew today what was going to happen,…

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Kaleb Weakley

After spending 5 years as a USMC, Sergeant Kaleb Weakley, was injured by sniper/multiple gunshot wounds on February 23, 2012. He was hit in the left leg and right arm, and retired from the Marine Corps in November 2013. While recovering from his injuries, Kaleb became very active, even though he still has residual pain…

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Josue Barron

Josue Barron’s left leg was ripped off just below the hip after stepping on an improvised explosive device nearly three years ago in Afghanistan on October 21, 2010. He later lost his left eye, now replaced by a glass prosthetic he refers to as his “party” eye. It’s a replica of the Marine Corps’ 3rd…

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Joseph Kapacziewski

When Staff Sgt. Joe Kapacziewski headed out on a mission Oct. 3, 2005, it seemed like an average day in Iraq. As his squad went under a bridge, the unit was ambushed and a grenade detonated just a few feet away from Kapacziewski. For Kapacziewski, the attack set in  motion an extensive recovery process that…

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Jorge Salazar

Jorge Salazar was injured while serving as a Team Leader Afghanistan on August 10, 2012. “We were doing a foot patrol and I stepped on an improvised explosive device,” he said. Salazar lost both legs above the knee but says it’s not in his nature to act like a victim. “I have a lot of…

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Joey Bozik

From The Dallas Morning News,  By Mark Francescutti: Joey Bozik is showing the martial arts community there are no excuses. The triple amputee competes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial art similar to wrestling but with submission attacks. Bozik, a 36-year-old retired Army sergeant from McKinney, has amputated legs, one longer than the other, and an amputated…

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Ivan Sears

I lost my legs by stepping on an Improvised explosive device on October 7, 2010 with 2nd battalion 6th Marines in Marjah, Afghanistan. Now, I’m walking on two prosthetic legs, staying active and working towards goals and making new ones.  I am working towards wheelchair racing and have been working hard to get faster and…

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Isaac “Ike” Blunt

Isaac “Ike” Blunt was injured while on patrol, when he stepped on a bomb, in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Blunt received serious injuries including losing parts of both of his legs, three fingers and a thumb, and lost one eye. For his bravery, blunt was honored with the purple heart. He tells us the…

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