Brian Taylor Urruela
Brian Taylor Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August of 2004 until February of 2011. At the end of a year-long tour to Baghdad, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Brian medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, Fla., where he is a full-time student at the University of Tampa majoring in Writing with aspirations of becoming a screenwriter.
Taylor also works as the Vice President and Chief of Operations for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded two years ago.
Brian continues to remain active in his community. Some his notable accomplishments since suffering his combat-related injury include:
- 2013 MLB and People Magazine Tribute For Heroes overall contest winner
- 2014 Rockwood School District Alumni Hall of Fame
- 2014 Rockwood Summit High School Alumni Hall of Fame
- Cast member in the 2014 PBS Documentary Coming Back with Wes Moore.
- 2013 University of Tampa Baseball Tryouts
He has been featured in several media outlets including People Magazine, New York Post, Washington Post, HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumble and on ESPN’s Sportscenter.