Do you remember where you were the morning of September 11th, 2001?
Bobby woke up that morning in his dorm room, turned on the television and saw live coverage of the World Trade Center in flames. And, right before his eyes another plane struck the second tower. At that moment, the world forever changed for Bobby.
The world forever changed for all of us.
Blast exposure is the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) for many of our brave military men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq since that fateful day. 23% of our returning soldiers suffer from this life-altering, invisible trauma. While they may appear physically unscathed, TBI can be mentally debilitating for our heroes. Turning their lives upside down, inside out.
Will you give hope to a returning solider like Bobby this holiday season to help him put his life back together? Your gift today will help advance life-changing TBI research and treatment for courageous soldiers like Bobby.
The tragedy of September 11th stirred a calling in Bobby to serve his country. Within a few short months, Bobby joined the U.S. Army Reserve. He completed basic combat training, Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and graduated in 2003. In 2006 he volunteered to serve in Iraq.
“I loved serving my country. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life until I got to Iraq. I never expected to get hurt or have someone tell me that I couldn’t do what I loved doing anymore. That’s where my struggle began, reinventing my life with a traumatic brain injury.”
Bobby was posted at the main Iraq security site. Intelligence warned them of a possible incoming car bomb. “Every day my buddy and I would joke that ‘today’s the day’… it was a running joke Monday, Tuesday – through Saturday.”
“Then Sunday came. At 9 o’clock that morning we got hit. Fifteen local kids were at the gate. All the kids were torn up from the shrapnel. I wasn't hit, but my neck started to hurt, my shoulders hurt, I had a hard time breathing. By the time I got back to base I had a hard time walking.” Bobby was bruised above the top of his boots and all around his armor pads. His back was fractured, and his brain was severely traumatized from the blast.
“I always thought that if I could walk, talk and shoot I could fight for my country. I don’t think I’ll ever come to terms with having a traumatic brain injury. Because coming to terms means accepting that I can’t do certain things.” Because of kind and generous supporters like you, Bobby receives innovative neurocognitive therapy and daily injections to help regulate his hormones and get his life back on track.
Traumatic brain injuries don’t care how brave you are. But we know you care. You can show our brave soldiers like Bobby how much you care with your generous gift to help advance TBI research and treatment. Treatment that will help our brave men and women heal and return to a healthy and productive life. Please give now.
P.S. You can show our brave military heroes like Bobby that you care this holiday season with your kind and compassionate support. Please give.