Today is Veteran’s Day. Today is a day dedicated to honoring those who have served in the armed forces and fought to protect our country. And, as you might have guessed it, each one of these veterans is an outlier in their own way. Although each one has that something special that makes them extraordinary, one story especially stood out to me.
On Easter Sunday in 2009, Brendan Marrocco, 26, was driving a military vehicle in Iraq when it tripped a roadside bomb. The other solider in the vehicle was killed instantly and both of Marrocco’s arms and legs were blown off and his carotid artery in his neck was severed. And the reason he didn’t bleed to death, you ask? Because the heat from the blast instantly cauterized the wounds it had caused. He was the first solider to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war.
On January 28, 2013, Marrocco received a double-arm transplant, only the seventh surgery of its kind performed in the United States. The surgery was successful and Marrocco has continued to live his life to the fullest.
Imagine being injured like that! I can’t even fathom how I would continue through life normally. That takes a lot of bravery and persistence.
Marrocco now is living with two artificial legs and still finds time to still hit the ski slopes, hang out with his fiancée and work towards getting his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree with the goal of going into the FBI or CIA.
Talk about getting back up on his horse. Marrocco should be an inspiration to all of us. If he can overcome those injuries, we sure can overcome any of our obstacles.