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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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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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