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Nicolette Maroulis
Nicolette Maroulis
Nicolette Maroulis was a top K9 trainer in the Navy when she was injured and told by doctors that she would never walk again. After almost four years in a wheelchair she proved them wrong. “Nico” relearned how to walk and was recently accepted for the U.S. Paralympic Rowing Team. She is also pursuing a degree in Sports and Health Sciences.
Dan Sidles
Dan Sidles
Dan Sidles shot over a thousand rounds from a 50 caliber gun on his first day in Fallujah - every one aimed at an Iraqi. In his words, he “pushed it away.” Now alienated from his family, Dan can hardly be around strangers. He was badly wounded twice while serving and earned a Purple Heart. His battalion is also the subject of a best-selling book.
Steve Baskins
Steve Baskis
Steve Baskis was driving through the gates of North Baghdad when an explosion killed his friend and ravaged Steve’s body with shrapnel. Steve was left entirely blind and with little use of his left hand. Nonetheless, he fell in love with a beautiful nurse in rehab who he eventually married. Steve now struggles upward in darkness, every step probing what he calls “The Black Abyss” in front of him.
Katherine Raggazino
Katherine Raggazino
Katherine Ragazzino served 12 and a half years in the Marine Corps before suffering a traumatic brain injury in Iraq in 2004. She still lives at a Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, but says she now understands that “Through disabilities, there are possibilities... Now, for the first time in years, I am allowing people into my very very private world.”
Ashley Crandall
Ashley Crandall
Ashley Crandall joined the army when she was 17, only three days after graduating from high school. She was part of the initial invading force in Iraq and was sent on numerous deployments over six years. The stress of war finally caused her to crack and she is now part of the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She says she is “learning to live for those that still need help and, more importantly, for those who are no longer with us.”
Matt Nyman
Matt Nyman
Matt Nyman knew what job he wanted when he was in third grade: “I want to fight in World War III.” In 2005 in Iraq, the helicopter Matt was riding in went down in an uncontrolled spin. Matt was thrown from the helicopter and a blade cut off his right leg below the knee. One key to his recovery has been mountain climbing and the small victories that come with shooting for and bagging the next peak.
Aaron Isaacson
Aaron Isaacson
Aaron “Ike” Isaacson has been injured on all three of his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. His first bout with injury may have been the most severe - he sustained head and neck trauma and will wear two hearing aids for the rest of his life. Nonetheless, he begged the Medical Review Board to stay in the Army so he could redeploy. A self-described “average guy” from Kansas, Ike has been awarded a Purple Heart and numerous other awards.
Cody Miranda
Cody Miranda
Cody Miranda served 18 years in the Marine Corps, beginning with Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. He recently spent one and a half years in hospitals on the West Coast due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a Traumatic Brain Injury. He describes his civilian life as a rollercoaster, but keeps himself motivated with sports and as a full-time student.
Chad Jukes
Chad Jukes
Chad Jukes was struck by an anti-tank mine in Northern Iraq that shattered his right femur and heel. He underwent four surgeries and was facing a fifth when he realized he was “making the decision between being an amputee or a cripple. I promptly chose to get rid of my foot.” One day into wearing his first prosthetic, he went to a climbing gym. Chad is now a sponsored climber, and starred in an ice-climbing film alongside Erik Weihenmayer.
Chad Butrick
Chad Butrick
Chad Butrick served in the Army for three years before being discharged after a training accident. However, disaster really struck in the form of a car accident in civilian life. Chad barely survived and had his right leg amputated. One nurse told him “You need to get different hobbies.” Chad weighed 300 pounds when he got his first prosthetic and thought about suicide. However, he has lost over 100 pounds and has climbed 45 of Colorado’s 54 peaks over 14,000 ft.
Justin Moore
Justin Moore
Justin Moore describes life after his 2005 deployment in Iraq as “filled with highs and incredible lows.” Thanks to his solid support system and excellent treatment, he now regards his “life and future as a learning opportunity and has a renewed sense of purpose and pride.” Justin has found refuge from the difficulties of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through cycling, traveling and raising his son.
Lona Parten
Lona Parten
(The Army Mom)
Lona Parten's whole life turned on a dime with one phone call! Her oldest son, a 1st LT was KIA in Afghanistan on Sept 10, 2009. He was a 2007 top 10% West Point graduate, musically gifted, strong in his faith, fluent in Arabic and a mountaineer. Lona's focus now is to inspire others with her journey.
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