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Gabe Martinez

Sergeant Gabriel Martinez and his wife, Kayla, were married only three months before Gabe was deployed  on his second deployment to Afghanistan with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) in October 2010. Just one month later, on Thanksgiving Day, Gabe called Kayla with the devastating news that he had been wounded after stepping on an improvised…

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Evan Stratton

I was born in California but grew up in what I consider to be the greatest state; Colorado! In 2007 I joined the Marine Corps shortly after my 18th birthday. After my basic training I was assigned to 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion in Camp Pendleton, California. A few months later I was given an opportunity…

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Eric Rodriguez

Sgt Eric Rodriguez, ret. USMC is also a starter for the Wolfpack Wheelchair Basketball team. You will always see Eric smiling while competing, but don’t let that smile fool you, there is a tough competitor behind that smiling, happy, and friendly face framed in curly and bushy hair. Eric showed his competiveness, focus, strength, and…

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Edward Lychik

I joined the U.S Army when I was 19 years old, and was stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.  There, I began serving as a Combat Engineer with the 1/25th SBCT.  The following year I deployed to Afghanistan on the Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign.  Midway through that deployment, my truck was struck by a recoil-less rocket.…

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Earl Granville

Earl Granville is a nine year veteran under the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as an infantryman. During his time in the service, Granville served in support of Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In the summer of 2008 while on a patrol in Zormat, Afghanistan, his vehicle…

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Craig Wood

British Armed Forces Rifleman Craig Wood remembers a white flash and his friend running towards him before he blacked out. It was July 2009 and the 18-year old Rifleman was on a routine afternoon patrol. It was three months into his tour. His battalion, 2RIFLES, was based in Sangin and had already experienced a high…

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Cody Elliott

Lance Cpl. Cody Elliott of the U.S. Marine Corps, was leading his men on morning foot patrol on June 12, 2011, when one of them steps on an improvised explosive device. As Lance Cpl. Elliott runs to the aid of his fellow Marine, he too steps on an IED. Cody’s injuries are severe and very…

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Carlos Torres

Cpl Torres was injured July 03 2011 by an IED. Joined the Marine Corps October 2007 and retired May 2013. Since his injuries Cpl Torres has been staying physically active, participating in three marathons, 5k mud run, 10k, and several monoski race camps. Cpl Torres is an active scuba diver and is currently furthering his…

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Bobby Henline

Bobby Henline is an American hero who spreads joy and hope through his love of stand-up comedy. A veteran of Desert Storm by age 19, Bobby was inspired to re-enlist in the Army after the attacks on September 11th, 2001. He deployed to Iraq three times. Twice with the 82nd Airborne Division and once with…

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