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Army Corporal Andres Rosa

U.S. Army Corporal Andres Rosa joined the military in 1999 out of Fort Benning, Georgia and served for more than a decade before medically retiring in February of 2011.

Corporal Rosa was severely injured while on a mission in Kabul, Afghanistan in a severe vehicular accident. He suffers from lumbar intervertebral disc syndrome, fibromyalgia (chronic pain), sleep apnea, PTSD, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and hearing loss.

The years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have brought PTSD among military personnel to the attention of the American people like never before. Blast waves from explosions rattle the brain and can cause traumatic brain injuries which are often linked to PTSD. Most PTSD sufferers repeatedly relive the trauma in their thoughts during the day and in nightmares when they sleep. While the condition varies from person to person, more and more studies have linked PTSD with chronic depression and suicidal ideation.

For his service to his country, Corporal Rosa has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2x), National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Basic Aviation Badge.

Corporal Rosa and his two daughters will receive a mortgage-free home in Vero Beach, Florida in July of 2017.