This inspirational story of TACP airman, Staff Sgt. Seth Pena, is the perfect way to start the work week. Pena battled near-death injuries, loss of a limb, and depression to win a gold medal at the 2014 Warrior Games.
But there's more to the story than one would think - a twist that no one, especially Pena, ever envisioned. Even though he was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011; his injuries occurred while he was in the United States.
The TACP airman was struck by a drunk driver - another soldier - while he was riding his motorcycle. The collision resulted in broken bones, a collapsed lung, traumatic brain injury, a torn aorta and loss of a left leg.
Pena, who once coordinated airstrikes that killed some 70 Taliban insurgents, was now stuck in a hospital bed with no memory of what caused him to be there. He was angry and depressed. He had always wanted to serve his country and that had been taken away from him - not in combat - but on U.S. soil.
Pena's mother was the first to mention the Warrior Games. The injured TACP airman decided to continue his love for archery and shooting. He practiced and practiced, taught himself to shoot right-handed and left-handed. He even became a more accurate shooter than he was prior to the accident.
When he got his chance to compete in the 2014 Warrior Games, Pena took full advantage of that opportunity. He didn't just compete, but he went on to win a gold medal in shooting. It was the first time the Air Force won the shooting competition.
With medical retirement in the future, Pena has started making plans for his future outside of the military. He didn't think that future would come so soon, but it has.
One thing we know for sure from reading the inspirational story of TACP airman Staff Sgt. Seth Pena is that he will succeed at whatever he decides to do.
Thank your for your service Staff Sgt. Seth Pena. You are an inspiration to all Americans. We salute you!Other Articles
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