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U.S. Army Specialist Daniel Dumas grew up in Vero Beach, Fla. In 2009, he joined the Army and became a medic because he loved helping people.
His unit deployed a few months later and, on the very first day, they came under heavy machine gun fire. On the second day, his unit was scheduled for a joint mission with the Afghan National Army, which started with a meeting over chai tea where Daniel’s unit leadership was attacked by an armed ANA soldier. SPC Dumas was five-feet away when the ANA attacker was finally shot and killed. During the rest of this deployment, Daniel’s platoon treated over 300 combat casualties. These events have left him with PTSD, and sensitivity to loud noises.
Daniel retired honorably from the Army in 2014. He received many commendations, including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Combat Medical Badge and several other awards.
Daniel continues to suffer from back pain in addition to knee pain and anxiety. He works full time as a salesman with a national insurance company, while also attending college full time to complete his degree in Business Administration.
Daniel and his wife, Melissa, are parents to a young son and are expecting a new addition in late Spring. Melissa is a home health nurse for special needs children. She is completing school to earn her BSN to become an emergency room nurse.
Thanks to Plantation Homes, Hillwood Communities and the Dallas Builders Association, the Dumas family will have a mortgage-free home at Union Park in Little Elm in 2018!