Posted on Jan 28, 2013 02:05pm
Wounded Warrior Project shared with us this inspiring biography and photo, which we wanted to share with you.
Shane Parsons Bio
A mix of duty to country and a commitment to honor his grandfather's legacy compelled Shane Parsons to enlist in the Army in August, 2004. He was in boot camp just one month after graduating high school.
Shane arrived in Iraq in 2005. Ten months into his deployment, his Humvee rolled over a roadside bomb that severely injured him and his gunner. Shane sacrificed both his legs above the knee. The resulting blood loss caused a severe anoxic traumatic brain injury (TBI) and multiple cardiac arrests.
Years of rehabilitation still lay ahead for Shane. The TBI robbed him of the most basic skills, including reading and writing, and Shane had to relearn daily living skills. After his medical retirement at the age of 25, he spent a year at a brain injury assisted living facility in Texas before returning to his home in Ohio.
Today Shane remains active in sports, including hand cycling, swimming, sled hockey, downhill skiing. He also enjoys traveling and sharing his story at different events. Wounded Warrior Project(r) provides the same support for Shane today as it did when he was first injured. Through the new Independence Program, WWP provided Shane a literacy tutor after his speech therapy was discontinued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The program has also funded a job coach to assist Shane as he integrates back into the community. Today, Shane is an assistant junior high football coach for a local school. Through sheer determination and assistance from WWP, Shane continues to achieve personal growth and build self-confidence.