American war veteran who was paralyzed when a bullet hit his spine during his service in the Iraq War. After his time in the war, he dedicated his life to speaking out publicly against the war and what he perceived as the U.S. government's mistreatment of military veterans.
He enlisted in the military two days after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
He is the subject of the 2007 documentary Body of War which chronicles his struggles with paralysis.
He married Claudia Cuellar, who became his primary caregiver following his injuries.
He publicly accused former President George W. Bush of war crimes in "The Last Letter," a piece published by Truthdig in 2013.