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Profiles of a Warrior

Even when life couldn’t bring them lower, these few Marine heroes discovered how to keep moving. More than 300 Wounded Warrior Marines, veterans and allies came to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., to test their mettle at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials. Learn more about some of these Wounded Warriors in this blog and video set by clicking on their photo.

‘A Positive Spin’

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Staff Sgt. Timothy Brown lost both his legs above the knee and his right arm above the elbow in an IED explosion in 2011. He refuses to give up on life and continues to put a positive spin on the challenges he faces daily.

‘Momma Knows Best’

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Marine veteran Cpl. Richard Stalder, a 23-year-old former machine gunner with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, began suffering from kidney stones and full-body tremors in early 2010. Richard’s mother, Claudia Stalder, or “Momma,” has been his caregiver ever since.

‘Enjoying the View’

Cpl. Ivan Sears was hit by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010. The Marines in his unit saved his life but Sears lost both legs above the knee.

Cpl. Ivan Sears was hit by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010. The Marines in his unit saved his life but Sears lost both legs above the knee.

‘Marine’s Best Friend’

Nothing compares to a Marine and his dog. Retired Cpl. Kyle Reid was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. His service dog, Shamus, is trained to calm him down when his heart rate picks up during seizures.

Nothing compares to a Marine and his dog. Retired Cpl. Kyle Reid was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. His service dog, Shamus, is trained to calm him down when his heart rate picks up during seizures.

‘The Rookie and the Vet’

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Marine veteran Joshua Kelly has participated in the Marine Corps Trials three years in a row. He said his goal this year is to make it to the Warrior Games. This year is Sgt. Josh Smith’s first time competing at the Trials. Although he hasn’t mastered wheelchair basketball, he says he will never give up.

‘The Coach’

Sgt. Michael Pride, a motor vehicle operator out of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., was wounded by an improvised explosive devise while deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. Sports in the Marine Corps helped him in his recovery. While Pride continues in the Marine Corps today, he helps wounded warriors every year by coaching track for the Marine Corps Trials and Warrior Games.

 

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  • christopher jenkins

    I think the marines build healthy character traits, in fact I’m sure, because when I graduated high school I got some awards, such as molecular scientist, sigma delta psi, MVP/ VIP ,Olympic triad.

    And from those veriables I’ve had the toughest training any soldier can endure, I’m still suffering, but that is because I’m weak minded, I know I can do better.
    I’m looking forward to advancing my curriculum to the next level,
    I had to retake my high school because all evidence was destroyed.
    So I got a GED, and a associates degree in automotive service technician.

    I m crippled but I’ll never give up, my brothers will do the same when that day comes.
    I’m also a navy seal, and a merchant marine, my pay grade is 0-3.
    But I’m not giving up that easy.
    I’ve tried too damn hard. And so has aces high club.
    god bless America.