SFC (Ret.) Cory Remsburg
SFC (Ret.) Cory Remsburg became interested in the U.S. Army Rangers while in High School because, quite simply, ‘he wanted to be the best.’ A month after his High School graduation, Cory entered the U.S. Army where he attended One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia where he served since 2002.
Remsburg served multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. On October 1, 2009, while on his 10th deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, SFC Remsburg was critically wounded by a 500-pound improvised explosive device (IED). He and his squad were conducting an operation which killed 9 enemy combatants and destroyed a large weapons cache. At the time of the explosion, SFC Remsburg was catapulted and found face down into a canal. Bomb fragments had penetrated the right side of his head, resulting in the right side of his skull being removed. He had burns and shrapnel wounds on his face, arm and back. He was rescued and rendered immediate lifesaving medical care by Ranger Medics and a Physician’s Assistant that, by chance, was on the mission. He was resuscitated but comatose.
After over 3 months in a coma and multiple brain, head, retina and right eye surgeries, Cory started to emerge into consciousness- a painful and frustrating process that took place over weeks and months of sheer determination. Cory’s injuries included Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); paralysis on the left side of his body; blindness in the right eye; bowed vocal cords making speech nearly impossible.
Cory has made remarkable progress since 2009, defying all the odds that were stacked up against him, inspiring others to ‘keep pushing on’ when challenged by personal events. He is an inspiration to everyone he meets and truly epitomizes what it means to be a Ranger and a National Hero.
In 2015, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund and Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors were able to make Cory’s dream of living an independent life again come true when he received the keys to his renovated, completely accessible, smart home in Arizona.