“After the attacks on September 11 I wanted to be a part of a unit that consistently brought the fight directly to the enemy and held higher standards than the conventional forces.”
Following his 2008 graduation from Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico, Travis Dunn did just that when he entered the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 1st Battalion located in Savannah, Georgia. In December 2014, during a six-hour firefight in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, Sergeant Dunn was shot on his left side and fell from an embankment, paralyzing him from the waist down. Rescued by Sgt. Derek Anderson, Dunn’s actions that day eliminated two enemy combatants and saved the lives of Joint Task Force members.
Dunn received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and the Purple Heart while in wheelchair during his ceremony in late April 2015.
Not allowing his injuries to stop him from a fulfilling life, Dunn, his wife Kelley and daughter Sadie will be receiving their completely modified ADA accessible home in the Tampa-area from Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund late Spring 2019 and has plans to continue working towards his Bachelor’s degree.