On October 17, 2007 during a night combat operation in Iraq my life was forever changed. My right arm – my dominant arm; the arm I used for everything – was paralyzed from the elbow down. Though I believed this would be a devastating injury that would be too difficult to overcome, I, with the support of family, friends, and my faith, have turned this tragic event into a blessing. After three long years of surgeries, therapy, and rehab I set out to make a difference in not only my life, but the veterans’ lives that have been injured while serving this country. In 2010 I started training for the US Paralympic team, and in 2011, I made the national team and competed in my first International event. I earned a bronze medal in the 100m at the ParaPan American Games and secured my ranking of 3rd in the world. I competed in the 2012 Paralympic trials and was an alternate for the London Games. I have ended my competitive running career to pursue my dream as a working actor and now live in Los Angeles, California. While taking acting classes, I travel around the country as a motivational speaker representing injured veterans and the movement toward a successful transition.