Specialist Bryan Wagner, US Army
Bryan Wagner enlisted in the US Army in 2006. After finishing boot camp, he was stationed in Germany and soon after deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007. While conducting combat operations on December 17, 2007, Bryan was struck by three large anti-armor Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which resulted in severe wounds to both of his legs and to the near loss of his right leg below the knee. Following medical evacuation from Baghdad, he spent almost two years recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. At the advice of peer mentors who had gone through the same experience, Bryan made the decision to have his right leg amputated; he believed he could be more active as an amputee than as a limb salvage patient. He retired from the Army on December 30, 2009.
Bryan received his B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of North Florida in the Fall of 2016. He is currently studying for the Board of Certification and plans on continuing his education with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of North Florida or the University of Saint Augustine.
“Before my injury, I never expected to be 30 years old and in school. Sentinels of Freedom (SOF) has allowed me to focus on school and not worry about my mortgage. Without SOF, I know these first years of marriage would be a lot more stressful. SOF continues to help my family with financial planning, mentoring, and networking. I know I wouldn’t be nearly as successful as I am today without Sentinels of Freedom.”