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2011 DAV Freedom Award Recipient

National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

Mark Brogan skiing on the slopes at Snowmass Village, Colorado during the 2011 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Mark Brogan is an Army Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who knows what it’s like to be on the brink of death and fight back to recovery. He also knows first-hand that the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic can change your life.

Brogan is a native of Tennessee, who began his military career as Calvary Officer after graduating from the University of Tennessee’s ROTC program. He was first stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and eventually promoted to Captain before his deployment to Iraq in 2006.

On April 11, 2006, Capt. Brogan was leading a patrol in Anbar province in a town called Rawah which a suicide bomber changed the lives of his soldiers and his own. After the explosion was detonated, one soldier lost his life and Brogan suffered violent damage to his brain and body.

Beyond simply surviving, Brogan's path to recovery wasn’t easy. After several surgeries, nearly losing an arm and having half of his skull removed Brogran started to get better... slowly.

With his wife, Sunny, by his side, his speech returned along with most of his motor functions. Though he completely lost hearing in his left ear.

Despite the challenges Brogan faced, he never gave up and continues to dedicate his life to giving fellow Veterans who suffer in silence a voice. From testimony on Capital Hill, to leadership in veterans service organizations, Brogan and his wife have made it their mission to ensure our nation owes up to itsobligation "to care for him who have borne the battle."

Brogan brought his can do attitude and warrior spirit with him to the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, in his interactions with his fellow veterans and determination to succeed on the slopes.

Every year, our co-sponsor Disabled American Veterans (DAV) recognize one outstanding Veteran who’s courage and achievement serve as a shining example for all disabled Veterans with the DAV Freedom Award. The award is given to Veterans who excel while taking a giant step forward in their rehabilitation process, someone who proves to the world that disability does not bar the doors to freedom. This year, that award went to Mark Brogan, a very deserving Veteran.

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