Wesley was born on 9/16/84 in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. In 2002, when he turned 18 years old he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX with the 4th Infantry Division, with whom he deployed for his FIRST TOUR of duty to Iraq from 2003-2004. In 2005, Wesley was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY, with the 101st. Airborne Division, where he shipped out to Iraq for a SECOND TOUR of duty on October 2005. While on his second tour of duty he was wounded twice, first on 12/13/05, an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle and he received minor cuts on his face.
The second time, he was wounded on 2/8/06, his vehicle was hit with a Rocket Propelled Grenade and he received a shrapnel wound to the back of the head. He returned from his second tour of Iraq in September 2006. In October 2007, he shipped out on his THIRD tour of duty to Iraq. When on 12/20/07, his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device, where he was severely wounded and had both legs amputated, arriving to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on 12/23/07. After a quick recovery thanks to the help of Family, Friends, Community, and Staff, Wesley settled into Bakersfield, California and has a beautiful daughter named Brianna. Wesley is striving to serve the community the same way he served his country. Specifically, he is using his experience as an Iraq War Purple Heart Veteran to encourage and motivate others who are facing challenges of their own. He has received three Purple Hearts, Five Army Commendation Medals, Two Good Conduct Medals and a Combat Infantry Badge.