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Army Veteran Speaks at Veteran Conference

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March 2015 | by Amanda Bertolozzi


On Feb. 25, St. Ambrose held the inaugural Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois Veterans Conference for veterans and those who serve them. The conference was a success as many came to hear Bryan Anderson, Iraq War veteran and triple-amputee, share his experiences.

From KWQC TV6:
"'I actually left for basic training on September 11th of '01,' said Anderson.

He served twice in Iraq. The second time he was injured by an IED that resulted in the loss of both of his legs and his left hand.

"Started out just going to an Iraqi police station, we didn't make it we got blown up," he said.

He woke up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, knowing life would be different.

'All of a sudden it got in my head, oh my god, I'm half a person,' he said. 'Oh my god, I'm half a person and I just lost it.'

He said after suffering uncontrollable panic attacks and depression, he decided to change the course of his life."

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