Military Member of the Month – Giovanni Perez
“The High Caliber Military Member of the Month (MMoM) for November 2017 is Gio. His story and positivity are amazing. Read the article below, written by Gio himself:
My name Giovanni Perez and I served in US Army as 12B Combat Engineer. I got stationed in good ole Fort Stewart, Georgia as a part of the great 3rd Infantry Division. I was assigned to 4-3 BSTB A.Co 2nd PLT “Sapper Beast” where my company and I received orders to deploy to RC East Afghanistan in the beginning of 2013.
A few months into our deployment on a routine RCP (Route Clearance Patrol) mission our convoy was struck by RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) that pierced our vehicle and came inside the truck. The RPG hit our gunner and I, which caused the loss of our left arms. Right after being hit I provided aid for my brother by placing my tourniquet on him to best of my ability. Soon after that we were both MedeVac (Medical Evacuation) out of the combat zone and brought to Bagram Airfield where we received aid and got stable enough to get flown outside the country to Long Stool, Germany. When landing in Germany my brother and I were both in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) for few days; that’s where I got my left arm amputated with no option.
A few days after that we both got flown back together to the states at Walter Reed National Medical Center where we would begin our rehabilitation process and receive our prosthesis to continue living our lives as amputees. I eventually got medically retired in 2015, after I finished all my therapy and mastered my new arm.
It was definitely heartbreaking getting out the military never felt like I fit in into something better than I did serving in the United States Army, but now I feel there is a different mission in my life. Which is helping my brothers that are in that dark place. That need guidance and inspiration to keep pushing and not giving up no matter what life throws at you. Joining the US Army is the greatest decision I ever made
“Sappers Lead The Way”!
Gio now lives in Southern California and is a member of the “Warrior Built” Foundation, racing dirt bikes in the Baja series and just completed “Best in The Desert” Vegas to Reno and is currently preparing for the Baja 1000.
In Honor of Gio and his Service, we are issuing a 10% off promo code “Gio”
on any HC2 apparel purchases
Expires Friday, Nov 10, 2017
For more information about Gio you will soon be able to search for him on the High Caliber Community App.
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