Wounded Warrior Jeffrey Adams
September 2013 - He was this close. Jeffrey Adams, U.S. Army (retired), was just four
credit hours away from earning a degree in mechanical engineering from
Louisiana State University (LSU). But instead of walking across the
graduation stage wearing a cap and gown, he chose to walk the roadsides
of Baghdad, Iraq wearing body armor and a helmet, looking for improvised
explosive devices (IEDs).
He found one. Or, one found him. After
nearly 30 surgeries, Jeff did ultimately make his way across the stage
on crutches at LSU to pick up that diploma. Jeffrey finds he and his
fellow Wounded Warriors take strength from their experiences. "Don't
look at us as having a disability," he says. "Look at what we've been
through and see the advantage we have because we've been mentally
toughened. Some of the things a lot of us have to do just to get out of
the house in the morning are tougher than anything most people will have
to do the entire day."
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