Hope for families of disabled veterans - Brandon's story

My father’s military service inspired me to give back

Hope for Families of Disabled Veterans – Brandon’s Story

Several of my aspirations for obtaining a medical doctorate sprung from my early adolescent years. Operation Desert Storm marked an unforgiving day for my father. During his stint overseas, his exposure to nerve gases caused a rapid onset of nervous system disorders and later diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. This disability has been an encouragement to pursue a career in which I can be of service to others and perhaps find a cure for disabling diseases.

This disability has been an encouragement to pursue a career in which I can be of service to others and perhaps find a cure for disabling diseases.

Brandon is the recipient of a Folds of Honor scholarship.

The most important lesson taught by this illness is to have faith and believe that one person is all it takes to make a significant difference in the medical world. The pain of watching my father suffer brings a sense of dedication to my future career. My dad’s will to be strong even during this breakdown enhances the need to do the best I can to make a change. Watching my family struggle to maintain normalcy and my father struggle to maintain mobility has instilled deep morals and life lessons. My dad, a soldier, a fighter, but most importantly a father, has enhanced my desire to become a world-renowned doctor.

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