BRYAN IS ONE TO THE PEOPLE WHO I HAVE BEEN HONORED TO KNOW, THROUGH MY WORK WITH VETERANS. I WAS THRILLED TO HAVE HIM ATTEND MY PARTY. I LOVE THIS PHOTO OF BRYAN AND WHAT LOOKS LIKE HIS "HAREM" !! THANK YOU SO MUCH, BRYAN, FOR HELPING CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF MY 5TH CALENDAR !!! READ NORE ABOUT BRYAN********************
Bryan enlisted in the Army in April 2001 and had a ‘ship out’ date of September 11, 2001. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and was stationed in the Baghdad area. He attained the rank of Sergeant in the Military Police (MP), conducted police training courses in Iraq and gained additional law enforcement experience at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary as a prison guard.
In October 2005, Bryan was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that resulted in the loss of both legs and his left hand. As a result of his injuries, he was awarded a Purple Heart. Bryan received rehabilitation for a period of 13 months at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He is one of the few triple amputees to have survived his injuries in Iraq.
Bryan’s story has received extensive media coverage including two feature articles in Esquire Magazine (one a cover shot in January 2007), as well as numerous articles in major newspapers and publications, from his hometown Chicago Sun Times to the LA Times and NY Times.
Bryan has appeared in the HBO Documentary, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, and in a CSI:NY episode titled, DOA for a DAY. He will appears in the Golden Globe Award winning film, The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, which was released in December 2008. He was interviewed by MTV News, ‘Choose or Lose Street Team and has appeared on the daytime drama, ‘All My Children.’
Bryan is the National Spokesman for Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility Corp., and travels the country making numerous personal appearances while delivering his message of perseverance and determination in major rehab facilities. In addition, he is a spokesman for USA Cares, a non-profit organization based in Radcliff, KY that is focused on assisting post 911 veterans in times of need.
Bryan is an energetic and enthusiastic individual who enjoys challenging his limits. He snowboards, wake boards, white water rafts and rock climbs. He loves to travel and enjoys meeting new people.
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