Spc. Christopher Vining, of Pontchatoula, Louisiana, is serving in the Louisiana Army National Guard. He has been injured twice in Iraq. The first injury occurred in March of 2005, as he was responding to a roadside bombing that injured several of his fellow servicemen. He is a trained first responder and while in route to the bombing, his vehicle was hit. He sustained moderate injuries from which he recovered and was returned to duty.