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SPC Brad Wilson enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2008. Wilson’s extensive list of awards include an Army Commendation Medal, two Good Conduct Medals, a Navy Occupation Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal and a Combat Action Badge.
On May 13, 2010, Wilson’s platoon was ambushed while in Afghanistan by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). The RPG hit approximately 10 feet from where Wilson was standing, leaving him disoriented with an intense ringing in his ears. Immediately following the attack, Wilson began experiencing severe migraines, insomnia, memory loss, lack of balance, and vision problems due to “third nerve” in his right eye.
Without complaint, Wilson chose to remain active duty until February 2011, and soon after began treatment for his ailments, including multiple surgeries and physical therapy. Since then, Wilson was transferred to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Campbell to recover and be medically boarded out of the Army. Wilson is currently pursuing a degree in business management at Austin Peay in hopes of one day opening a small business. He lives with his wife Lisa, and three children Elizabeth, Sadie and Brad Jr.