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Franco Ordonez • McClatchy Newspapers
April 6, 2017: 10:01 AM


At 9:28 POTUS returned to the East Room for an emotional ceremony to kick off the ninth annual Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride. 

In years past, the kick off ceremony has been held outside. But it's a cool and overcast day with a 60-plus chance of rain in the forecast.  Per the administration, the White House hosted 50 wounded warriors to kick start the multi-day, rehabilitative bicycle ride was designed to  to help Wounded Warriors recover from the physical and psychological wounds of war. Conducted in collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project,ththe event honors the service and sacrifices of our nation’s bravest.

(More background on the ride and a list of participants is below.) 

POTUS, the First Lady, Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence welcomed members of the military and veteran communities to the White House. Sec of Veterans affairs David Shulken, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, White House Press Secretay Sean Spicer  and severa members of Congress joined the event. 

Pence gave a few brief remarks about the the importance of the project providing comfort to Americans and said he and Karen one day wanted to join the ride, but -joking - on a clear day. 

Introducing POTUS, Pence said it was an honor to serve a president so dedicated to the military. POTUS got a standing ovation. 

POTUS stood in front of the Wounded Warriors who were all dressed in their black Wounded Warrior sweat suits and spoke briefly to the crowd of a couple hundred people.

POTUS stuck to the script for the event and did not mention any of the other news events swirling this week.  

POTUS called the event a great tradition honoring "real heroes" who have sacrificed everything got their country.

"I call them America's winners because they're winners," POTUS said. 

POTUS welcomed members to the "people's house" and turned to look at the Wounded Warriors and told them all they were "amazing." 

He thanked them for protecting Democracy leading one man to call out "amen."

Trump said he was honored to carry on the tradition of welcoming the group to the White House that started under Bush. 

"I should have it for seven more years," Trump said to enthusiastic applause. 

He said each member has carved into history and American hearts. 

"Let's have a great ride because I'll tell you what, I couldnt do it," he said to chuckles. 

POTUS then should several of the participants hands before leaving at about 9:45. 

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Here is a list of some of the participants and some additional background on the event from the White House: 

On background:

On Thursday, April 6, the White House will host fifty wounded warriors to kick start the annual Soldier Ride, a multi-day, rehabilitative bicycle ride designed to empower veterans and service members recovering from the physical and psychological wounds of war. In collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project, the event will honor the service and sacrifices of our nation’s bravest. In addition to the Soldier Ride participants, President Trump, the First Lady, Vice President Pence, and Mrs. Pence will welcome several members of the military and veteran communities to the White House.

Biographies of Wounded Warriors:

Command Sergeant Major Michael Allen, U.S. Army (Petersburg, VA)

CSM Michael Allen is retired from the U.S. Army. He served in Iraq and was injured in an IED blast. CSM has been awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, a Bronze Star, 2 Combat Infantryman Badges, Distinguished Service Medal, and 3 Meritorious Service Medals.

Lance Corporal Leighton Anderson, U.S. Marine Corps (Santa Monica, CA)

Lance Corporal Leighton Anderson is active duty serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. During a recent helicopter crash in December 2016, Lance Corporal Anderson suffered a traumatic brain injury. He has been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Marine Corp Good Conduct Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. (Balboa)

Hospital Corpsman First Class Megan Anderson, U.S. Navy (Eugene, OR)

Corpsman Megan Anderson is active duty serving in the U.S. Navy. She was diagnosed with PTSD in August 2016. She has been awarded a Navy Commendation Medal, 5 Navy Achievement Medals, a Battle "E" Medal, 3 Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 4 Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Humanitarian Service Medal, 3 Sea Service Medals, an Overseas Service Medal, a NATO-ISAF Medal, a Rifle Sharpshooter Medal, and a Pistol Sharpshooter Medal. (Balboa)

Staff Sergeant Tamim Anwar, U.S. Army (Chantilly, VA)

Staff Sergeant Tamim Anwar is retired from the U.S. Army.  He served in Iraq resulting in a TBI and PTSD. He has been awarded a Purple Heart, 2 Army Achievement Medals, a Combat Infantryman Badges, 3 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Humanitarian Service Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Service Ribbon, 2 Overseas Service Ribbons, a Combat Infantryman Badge, an Expert Infantry Badge, a Parachute Combat Badge, and a Parachutist Badge.

Staff Sergeant Nazim Arda, U.S. Marine Corps (Alexandria, VA)

Staff Sergeant Nazim Arda is discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps. SSG Arda was injured during a blast in December 2004 resulting in an amputation.  has been awarded a Purple Heart, 2 Joint Service Achievement Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Navy Marine Corp Achievement Medal, 3 Good Conduct Medals, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, 6 Sea Service Deployment Ribbon,  National Defense Medal, and a Combat Action Ribbon. 

Colonel Robert L Barnes, U.S. Army (Chester, VA)

Colonel Barnes retired from the U.S. Army in 2015.  He has various injuries occurring during his military career to include PTSD and TBI.  He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendations Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Army Staff Badge.

Master Sergeant Ronald Beverly, U.S. Army (Philadelphia, PA)

MSG Ronald Beverly is retired from the U.S. Army and suffers from a back, legs, and shoulder injury. He has been awarded Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation, Army Achievement, Army Good Conduct, Army Reserve, National Defense, Global War on Terrorism, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal Bronze Hour Glass and M Device and German marksmanship badge Schutzenschnur.

Specialist John Boettcher, U.S. Army (Bethesda, MD)

Specialist John Boettcher is active duty serving the US Army. He was injured in April 2016 after he was hit by a truck. He suffered multiple fractures and facial reconstruction. (WRNMMC)

Sergeant First Class Bobby Burch, U.S. Army (San Antonio, TX)

Sergeant Bobby Burch is active duty serving the US Army and he was injured in April 2005. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal. (BAMC)

Specialist James Burkett, U.S. Army (San Antonio, TX)

Specialist James Burkett is active duty serving the US Army and he was recently injured in September 2016. He is suffering from a traumatic brain injury and a back and shoulder injury. Specialist Burkett has been awarded a Purple Heart. (BAMC)

Sergeant First Class Michael Coleman, U.S. Army (Suitland, MD)

SFC Michael Coleman retired from the U.S. Army in 2013.  His injuries include a TBI and PTSD. He had been awarded Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Service Stars, 3 Afghanistan Campaign Medals, 4 Army Achievement Medals, 2 Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, a Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 3 A Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, an Army Service Ribbon, 3 Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 20 Year Silver Hourglass, a NATO Medal, and a Combat Infantryman Badge.

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Cinthya Curran, U.S. Navy (San Angels, Mexico)

Second Class Hospital Corpsman Cinthya Curran is active duty serving in the U.S. Navy. In 2009, Petty Officer Curran was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. She has been awarded 3 Navy and Marine Medals, 3 Navy Sea Service Medals, Navy Good Conduct, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle "E" Medal, the Navy Marine Corp Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Ribbon, Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon, and a Flag Letter of Commendation. (Balboa)

Lance Corporal Anthony Gallo, U.S. Marine Corps (Philadelphia, PA)

Lance Corporal Anthony Gallo is active duty serving the U.S. Marine Corps. He was injured in July 2015 during a motorcycle accident resulting in a leg amputation. (Balboa)

Chief Petty Officer Richard Goebel Jr., U.S. Navy (Newport News, VA)

Chief Petty Officer Richard Goebel Jr. is retired from the U.S. Navy. He has been awarded 2 Navy Commendation Medal and 4 Navy and Marine Corp Medals.

Lance Corporal Ulises Galvez, U.S. Marine Corps (Los Angeles, CA)

Lance Corporal Ulises Galvez is active duty serving the U.S. Marine Corps and was diagnosed with his injury in June 2015. (Balboa)

Master Sergeant John Goubeaux, U.S. Air Force (Fayetteville, NC)

Master Sergeant John Goubeaux is retired from the U.S. Air Force. Goubeaux suffers from a traumatic brain injury after falling from a military vehicle in July 2011. He has been awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, 7 Air Force Achievement Medals with valor, 3 Air Force Achievement medals, Enduring Freedom Medal, Iraqi Freedom Medal, NATO Medal, Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, a Kuwait Desert Storm Medal, and a Saudi Arabian Desert Storm Medal from. 

Sergeant First Class Jaclyn Gutierrez U.S. Army (Alexandria VA)

SFC Gutierrez retired from the U.S. Army in 2016.  She has various injuries to include PTSD and TBI.  She has been awarded 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct, S Army Reserve Component Achievements Medals, National Defense Service Ribbons, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, 3 Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hourglass with ‘M’ device, Army Service Ribbon, 2 Army Overseas Service Ribbons, Army Staff Badge, 2 Meritorious Unit Commendations.

Aubrey Theron Hand III, US Air Force Reserves (Tega Cay, SC)

Aubrey Theron Hand III is retired from the US Air Force Reserves. He was injured in August 2012 from a mounted IED. He suffers from a TBI, PTSD and a Left Below knee Amputation. Hand III was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Air Force Commendation, Meritorious Unit Award, and an Active Duty Outstanding Unit Award. (WRNMMC)

Staff Sergeant Laura Herbst-Agee U.S. Air Force (Wrightsville, PA)

SSG Herbst-Agee was honorable discharged from the U.S Air Force.  She has various injuries resulting from her time in service to include PTSD.  She has been awarded Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Service Star, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, US Air Force Non Commissioned PME Graduate Ribbon, US Air Force Training Ribbon.

Sergeant First Class Jeremy Hodson, U.S. Army (New Braufels, TX)

Sergeant First Class Sergeant Jeremy Hodson is active duty serving the U.S. Army. He is living with a shoulder and arm injury. He has received a Bronze Star, 3 Army Commendation Medals, and 5 Army Achievement Medals. (BAMC)

Sergeant Thomas Hull, U.S. Army Reserves (Green, NJ)

Sergeant Thomas Hull is active duty serving the US Army Reserves. He was injured recently in December 2016 after rupturing a bicep. Hull has been awarded 2 Army Commendation Medals, a NATO Ribbon, 2 Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, and an Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon. (WRNMMC)

Staff Sergeant Bruce Jackson II U.S. Army (Pittsburgh, PA)

SSG Jackson was honorable discharged from the U.S. Army after 10 years of service.  He has various injuries to include TBI from his combat deployments.  He has been awarded 3 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Achievement Medal, 3 Army Good Conduct Medal,  National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 2 Iraq Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, 3 Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and German Schutzenschnur.

Captain Robert Jepsen, U.S. Army (Chesterfield, VA) 

Captain Robert Jepsen is active duty serving the U.S. Army. In January 2004, Jespen was shot and suffers from a gunshot wound and skull fractures. He has been awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantryman Badge, an Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault Tab.

Chief Petty Officer Enrique Jograj, U.S. Navy (Orlando, FL)

Chief Petty Officer Enrique Jograj is retired from the U.S. Navy and suffers from hearing loss and PTSD. He has been awarded a Navy Commendation Medal, 5 Navy Achievement Medals, 2 Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, a Navy Unit Commendation, 3 Meritorious Unit Commendations, 6 Navy "E" Ribbons, 6 Good Conduct Awards, 2 National Defense Services Medals, 6 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, a Kosovo Campaign Medal, a Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Services Service Medal, 2 Armed Forces Services Medals, 4 Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbons, 2 Humanitarian Services Medals, 8 Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, a NATO ISAF Medal, a NATO Kosovo Medal, an Operation Active Endeavor Medal, a Navy Rifle Sharpshooter Ribbon, an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Insignia, and an Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist Insignia.

Colonel Herbert Jones U.S. Army (Providence Forge, VA)

Colonel Jones retired from the U.S. Army in 2012.  He has various injuries resulting from his combat deployments.  He has been awarded the Bronze Star, 2 National Defense Service Medals, 3 Iraq Campaign Medals

First Lieutenant Jonathan Kohl, U.S. Army (Gaithersburg, MD)

First Lieutenant Jonathan Kohl is medically retired from the U.S. Army. Kohl was injured in March 2013 after a helicopter crash and is suffering from a traumatic brain injury and a partial spinal cord injury. (WRNMMC)

Specialist Jake Kokowicz, United States Marine Corps (Germantown, MD)

Corporal Jake Kokowicz is active duty serving the United States Marine Corps. He was injured in September 2014 after he was hit by a drunk driver. Kokowicz is a one arm amputee and has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Naval Unit Commendation Medal. (WRNMMC)

MSG Wade Lawson, U.S. Army (Brandywine, MD)

MSG Wade Lawson is retired from the U.S. Army. Lawson was wounded on patrol in November 2004. He has been awarded a Combat Action Badge, a Sapper Tab, an Air Assault Badge, 2 Bronze Star Meritorious, a Purple Heart, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, 6 Army Achievement Medals, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, 2 Meritorious Unit Commendation Awards, 2 Army Superior Unit Awards, 9 Army Good Conduct Award, a National Defense Service Medal, a Southwest Asia Service Medal, an Iraq Campaign Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and a Korean Service Medal.

Chief Warrant Officer Hiram Luciano, U.S. Army (San Antonio, TX)

CW2 Hiram Luciano is active duty serving the US Army. CW2 Luciano was diagnosed with an illness in March 2016.   He has been awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and an Army Achievement Medal. (BAMC)

Staff Sergeant Ronald Lunn Jr., U.S. Army (York, PA)

Staff Sergeant Ronald Lunn Jr. was discharged from the U.S. Army in 2010. He suffered a back injury in October 2008. SSG Lunn Jr. has been awarded an Army Commendation Medal, 5 Army Achievement Medals, a Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, a Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, an Army Service Ribbon, an Overseas Service Ribbon, an Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, an Expert Marksmanship Badge with Rifle, Pistol and Grenade Bars, and a German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency.

MSG William McCauley, U.S. Army (York, PA)

MSG William McCauley is active duty serving the U.S. Army. He was injured in October 2006 and suffers a back and neck injury.  MSG McCauley have been awarded Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, 4 Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct medal, 5 Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, 3 National Defense Service Medals, 2 Armed Forces Reserve Medals, 3, 3 Non- Commissioned Office Professional Service Medals, 3 Army Service Ribbons, 1 Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Staff Sergeant James Myers, U.S. Army (Bradenton, FL)

Staff Sergeant James Myers is retired from the U.S. Army. He was injured in August 2012 after an IED exploded leaving him with a TBI, a broken ankle, and a back fusion. Myers has been awarded a Combat Infantryman's Badge, 3 Good Conduct Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, 4 Army Achievement Medal, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, an Airborne Badge, an Air Assault Badge, a Jungle Expert Tab, an Army Service Ribbon, 4 Army Overseas Service Medal, and an Army Expeditionary Service Medal.

Staff Sergeant William O’Brien U.S. Air Force (Manchester, MD)

SSG O’Brien was discharged from the U.S. Airforce in 2014.  He has various injuries to include PTSD and TBI.  He was awarded Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Unit Award with 2 oak leaf clusters, AF Outstanding Unit Award with 2 oak leaf clusters, AF Good Conduct Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border, Armed Forces Longevity Service with 1 oak leaf cluster, NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, Armed Forces Training Ribbon.

Chief Petty Officer Luis NegronLeon, U.S. Navy (Chula Vista, CA)

Chief NegronLeon is active duty serving in the U.S. Navy.  He has various injuries to include a TBI.  He has been awarded Navy Achievement Medal. (Balboa)

MSGT Jason Parker, U.S. Air Force (Dufuniak Springs, FL)

MSGT Jason Parker is retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2017.   He has been awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, 13 Air Medal s with valor Combat Action Meritorious Service Medal.

Hospital Corpsman Second Class William Register, U.S. Navy (Dothan, AL)

Hospital Corpsman Second Class William Register is active duty serving the U.S. Navy. Petty Officer Register have been diagnosed with PTSD (AF) and a shoulder injury. Register has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, 3 Good Conduct Medals, Joint Meritorious Unit Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 3 Sea Service Ribbons, Expert Rifleman Medal, and Pistol Sharpshooter Medal. (Balboa)

Sergeant Charlie Pepin-Rivera, U.S. Army (San Antonio, TX)

Sergeant Charlie Pepin-Rivera is active duty serving the US Army. He was injured in Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD as well as shoulder and knee injuries. He has been awarded a Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and an Army Achievement Medal. (BAMC)

Sergeant Deven Alexander Shei, U.S. Army (San Antonio, TX)

Deven Alexander Shei, 29, is retired serving the US Army and was injured while deployed with the 101stAirborne Air Assault Division.

Staff Sergeant Michael Schweitzer, U.S. Army (Fort Bragg, NC)

Staff Sergeant Michael Schweitzer is active duty serving the US Army and was injured in November 2016. He has received 2 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Achievement Medals, and 2 Good Conduct Medals. (WRNMMC)

Sergeant Michael Scnaekel, U.S. Army (Little Rock, AK)

Sergeant First Class Michael Scnaekel is active duty serving the U.S. Army. He was injured in 2015 and suffers from a Thematic Brain Injury and has a cervical injury. He has been awarded 3 Army Commendation Medals, and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. (BAMC)

Major Roy Silvernail, U.S. Army (San Antonio, TX)

Major Roy Silvernail is active duty serving the US Army. He was diagnosed with an illness in October 2014. He has been awarded an Army Commendation Medal, and an Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. (BAMC)

Sergeant Zachary Skigen, U.S. Army (Silver Springs, MD)

Sergeant Zachary Skigen is medically retired from the U.S. Army. He has been awarded a Navy Achievement Medal, 2 Army Achievement Medals, a Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Superior Unit Award, and a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award.

First Sergeant Ian Smith, U.S. Army (San Antonio, TX)

First Sergeant Ian Smith is active duty serving the US Army. He was injured in July 2010 and is currently living with hearing loss and PTSD. First Sergeant Smith has been awarded the Bronze Star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, 5 Army Commendation Medals, 6 Army Achievement Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Combat Action Badge. (BAMC)

Lieutenant Daniel Stausbaugh, U.S. Army (Enid, OK)

Lieutenant Daniel Stausbaugh is medically retired from the U.S. Navy. In 2011, LT Strausbaugh was flyingT6s for the Navy before suffering nerve damage due to cancer, eventually leading to the elective amputation of his right arm in favor of more useful prosthetics. Stausbaugh has received the National Defense Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. (WRNMMC)

Sergeant Dustin Steward, U.S. Army (Spring Branch, TX)

Sergeant Dustin Steward is active duty serving the US Army. He has various combat related injuries to include several back injuries He has been awarded Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Reserve Component Unit. (BAMC)

Staff Sergeant Anthony Torres, U.S. Army (San Antonio, TX)

Staff Sergeant Anthony Torres is active duty serving the US Army. He has been awarded a Purple Heart, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, and Army Achievement Medal and an Army Commendation Medal. (BAMC)

Petty Office First Class Mishelle Vasquez U.S. Navy (St. Mary’s GA)

Petty Officer Vasquez was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2007.  She has various injuries to include PTSD.  She has been awarded 4 Good Conduct Medals, 2 National Defense Service Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal, Operation Enduring Freedom Medal, 6 Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, 4 Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 2 Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 4 Navy Commendation Medal, 6 Navy Expert Pistol Medal, Enlisted Warfare Specialist Insignia, Global War on Terrorism medal, Navy Commendation Medal as the Designer of the US Navy Field Marine Force Medal Insignia.

Specialist Bryan Wagner, U.S. Army (Jacksonville, FL)

Specialist Bryan Wagner is retired from the U.S. Army.  Specialist Wagner was injured in Iraq, resulting in a leg amputation.  He was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

Sergeant Jesse J Wallace, U.S. Army (Aberdeen, MD)

SGT Wallace retired from the U.S. Army in 2016.  He was in Afghanistan when his unit came under attack and injuries resulted includes an amputation, PTSD and a TBI.  He was awarded the Purple Heart, 3 Army Achievement Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals, Good Conduct Medals, Combat Action Badge, Drivers Badge, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism ribbon, 2 Meritorious Unit Commendations, American Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Pathfinder and Air Assault badges.

Sergeant Ulysses Winn, U.S. Army (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sergeant Ulysses Winn has been discharged from the U.S. Army. He had a stroke and suffers from a traumatic brain injury and PTSD. Winn has been awarded a Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings, a Combat Infantry Badge, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, Operation Iraq Freedom Ribbon, an Operation Enduring Freedom Ribbon, a Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Ribbon, an Army Service Ribbon, an Expert Carbine Medal, and an Expert Machine Gun Medal.



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