Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg is elite. He is an Army Ranger which takes the most physically, emotionally, and mentally disciplined service persons in the world. But that doesn’t make him a hero. Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg has served his county on 10 tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, conducting special missions before the age of 30. He has engaged the enemy with relentless force and carried out his duties to the highest skill and resolve of his training. He has led men on envoys to rescue American captives. But that doesn’t make him a hero. Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg on his 10th deployment to the Middle East was hit by an IED equivalent to a 500 pound impact to the brain. His best friend was killed. Cory was flung into a canal where he was eventually found by his brothers in arms and air-vacqued to a medical facility. But that doesn’t make him a hero. Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg spent the next 3 months in a coma, had two parts of his brain removed, and continued the next 3 and a half years in extreme rehabilitation. He is blind in one eye, paralyzed in his left arm and chin, and progressing each day. But that doesn’t make him a hero either. Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg is a hero, however. Not because of his specific experiences, but because of the courage, heart, and tenacity in which he has met every single one of his challenges in life. Whether it was the trials of Ranger School, critical missions with lives on the line, or a severe traumatic brain injury and coping with the loss of his brothers; Cory has always chosen determination, and to honor life by meeting these experiences boldly and with every shred of his will. Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg has stated that he would like to give meaning to his life by, “inspiring the uninspired”. A remarkable statement by a truly remarkable young man. A remarkable hero.
Lisa Rigler (on behlf of operation welcome home committee)