David
Kopera

David enlisted on October 25th of 2000. After Marine Corps Boot Camp and School of Infantry, David reported to a Marine Reserve Unit in Grand Rapids, MI. He then deployed to the Middle East twice, before being medically retired due to an injury sustained in combat.

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 Brian Johnston

Brian joined the Marine Corps in December 2001. He was stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii with 1st Battalion 3rd Marines. Brian was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 as a part of Operation Phantom Fury.

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Rebecca
Mann

Rebecca was born in New York and enlisted in the Army in 2005 as a radio technician. In 2014, Rebecca had a non-combat injury to her foot which resulted in foot reconstruction, and two subsequent limb salvage surgeries.

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Craig
Tuchon

Craig joined the Marine Corps in September 2000. After the attacks on 9/11, Craig was assigned to a provisional rifle company for the invasion of Iraq. Craig’s combat deployment really affected his transition into the civilian world upon his discharge.

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Marcel
Dera

Marcel was born in Haiti and now lives in FL with his wife and four girls. Marcel is currently the Assistant VP for cyber threats and vulnerabilities at Deutsche Bank. He also serves as a Captain in the Florida Army National Guard Cyber Security Team.

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Heather
Abbott

On April 15, 2013, during Marathon Monday in Boston, shrapnel from the second of two bombs struck Heather Abbott of Newport, RI, which severely injured her left foot.

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Kyle
Cornwell

The military is in his blood. Kyle Cornwell had always intended to serve. His father was in the Air Force. His older brother, Ryan, was killed in a car accident when Kyle was a boy.

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Luis
Avila

Luis Avila, originally from Metairie, LA joined the United States Army in 2000. He was an enlisted soldier and obtained his commission via Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2004.

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Clint
Bruce

Clint Bruce was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas. A standout football player, Bruce was given the opportunity to play at multiple Division I programs.  Ultimately, Bruce took his sense of patriotism and passion for the game to the United States Naval Academy.

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Joel
Dulashanti

My name is Pfc. Joel D. Dulashanti, a sniper with 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment. I enjoy running and am just getting back to doing it for the fun of it.

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Tim
Donley

I enlisted on Feb 7, 2011. Six months later I was stationed with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, an infantry unit in NC. At the very beginning of January 2012, we deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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Jess & Patrick
Downes

Jess & Patrick were both injured at the Boston Marathon bombing, Jess losing both of her legs below the knee and Patrick losing one leg below the knee.

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Timothy
La Sage

Timothy La Sage was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on June 14, 1975. He joined the Marine Corps during his senior year at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in WI. After graduating boot camp at MCRD San Diego he completed Infantry training at Camp Pendleton, CA.

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BJ
Ganem

BJ Ganem grew up in Savannah, GA and joined the Marine Corps in 1996 after his first year in college. His recruit training took place at Paris Island, SC from there he went to Infantry Training School in Jacksonville, NC.

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Aaron
Hale

Aaron Hale is a 14-year veteran of both the Navy and Army. He had deployed once to Iraq and it was on his second mission to Afghanistan where his career as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team Leader had ended.

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Gabe
Martinez

My job was to search for enemy placed explosives buried in the roads and footpaths, search for Taliban, and do anything else in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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David
Lind

Master Sergeant Lind was born and raised in Northwestern, PA, and is a 1989 graduate from Titusville area High School, attending boot camp at Parris Island, SC, immediately following graduation.

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Jeff
Lynch

In 2011, Jeff medically retired from the army. It was definitely a shock to realize just how little we were getting paid. I immediately went to work, but it is was still a struggle.

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Luis
Puertas

Army SPC Luis Puertas, from the 4th infantry division was left a double amputee after an EFP explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, on September 20, 2006.

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Mike
McVay

I am a 13-year Combat Veteran of the United States Marine Corp. After returning from Iraq in 2004-05, I decided to open my own business with hopes of being able to make people feel happier about themselves.

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Jake
Murphy

Jake Murphy was recruited to play lacrosse for Army at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Jake grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his parents Lee and Dan and his younger siblings Conor and Nora.

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Jake
Schick

Jake Schick is a third generation Marine who epitomizes service and sacrifice. Jake suffered multiple injuries after a triple-stacked tank mine detonated below his vehicle in Al Anbar Province, Iraq in 2004.

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Brian
Stafford

Son of a small town, Brian Safford headed for boot camp at the first opportunity. Eagle River, Wisconsin was a great place to start, but Brian was moving on.

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Joshua
Schichtl

On a day when many in America were just starting to tire of their New Year resolutions, Joshua Schichtl found himself caught in what can only be imagined as a hellish clamor of fire and fear.

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James
Stuck

Do I still have my leg?” was James Stuck’s first question when he awoke in urgent care. He was injured on December 20, 2005, when his convoy struck a roadside bomb near his base in Kirkuk, Iraq.

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James
Sheehan

Originally from a cattle farm in rural Iowa, James Sheehan was stationed at Pendleton. He is a combat wounded service connected disabled veteran, having served 3 deployments during 4 years with the USMC.

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Andrew
Smith

Andrew Smith served as an infantryman with the US Army's 10th Mountain Division from 2002-2005. On September 20th 2003, his life was changed forever when Andrew was hit with shrapnel from an IED (Improvised Explosive Device).

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Carlos
Torres

He was Marine of the Year in 2011; but back in 2007, Carlos Torres was just another kid looking for a path to a better life.

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Hollis
Webb

Born on Nantucket, returned from deployments, Hollis Webb is fiercely proud of being a Nantucket native. After high school he traveled throughout Central America.

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