Thursday, June 2, 2011

No Turning Back

Bryan Anderson lost both his legs and an arm on his second tour in Iraq. He's one of 44,000 men and women who were permanently injured.

In the MSNBC segment below, the interviewer notes how surprised she is to hear him use the phrase, "since I got blown up."

Anderson talks about not dwelling on the past, and events. He still snowboards and plays other recreational sports. He has a sweet Chicago accent, and will be hosting a local PBS show. He's even featured in a Captain America comic book.

As the National Spokesman for Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility Corp., Anderson travels the country making personal appearances while delivering his message of perseverance and determination in rehab facilities. He's also a spokesman for USA Cares, a non-profit organization that assists post-911 veterans in times of need.

The fact that he's a fan of actor Gary Sinese (who played a Vietnam war vet amputee, with the help of some great CGI), plus his service, may be a sign that his politics are probably conservative. But everyone has their faults.

Here's his Esquire interview.

What assured me with Anderson's spirit is the length of emotional recovery time he had; four months. I worried that in my book Every Time I Think of You, there wouldn't be enough time for "the unhappy character" to evolve and be himself again after he becomes disabled. He also reflects the spirit Greg, of another character in my book; a different time, a different place, but the same inspiration.

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