Specialist Russell Kyle Burleson

Specialist Kyle Burleson deployed to Iraq in March of 2004.  He was seriously wounded in action and tells of his experience in his own words.

"On the 18th of August 2004, while on patrol, we were engaged in a firefight by insurgents.  I was the top gunner on a HumVee and was hit by enemy fire in my left cheek and the round exited out the right side of my neck.  The fragments of the round and bone damaged my spinal cord, and I am paralyzed from my neck down (like Christopher Reeve).