Hello, I’m SGT (Retired) Tom Bishop, Forward Observer for the U.S. Army. I was deployed to Iraq two times during my 4 1/2 year enlistment. Once in 2004 with 1st ID and during the troop surge in 2006 with 1st CAV. I was injured both deployments, the first time a result of an I.E.D blast that severed my left 5th (pinky) toe. After a full recovery I was able to deploy again where I was once again the subject of another I.E.D blast. This one more severe than the first and resulted in a medical retirement from the military.
I spent many months in recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio where I spent long days going through therapy with my wife Jennifer by my side. I was very lucky to make it home and witness the unbelievable outpouring of support coming from these great people and organizations. I am humbled to no end as I have witnessed a different side of humanity that few have the privilage to see. This has strengthened my resolve to make sure I don’t take for granted the life that I have been spared and to help others in need.