Wounded soldier still extremely active in sports, inspires others with serious injuries


by Gary Roedemeier


Posted on September 17, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 17 at 6:36 PM

(WHAS11) -- An American soldier, wounded in Iraq in 2005, was bringing hope to patients in Louisville who are rehabbing from their own serious injuries.

 War veteran Bryan Anderson rolled into the rehab unit at Baptist Hospital East with a message of hope and perseverance.

“And just, Oh hey, I can just push off things, thinking outside the box, using anything you can to your advantage,” Anderson said.

Life has forced Bryan Anderson to think outside the box and outside the wheelchair.

And now he shares his experience with those, who are new to the struggle of rehabilitation.

On Friday, Bryan brought his message to the patients and staff at the rehab unit at Baptist Hospital East.

Bryan Anderson lost two legs and an arm to the war in Iraq. He is one of the few triple amputees to survive the war. After 13 months in Walter Reed Army Hospital Recovering, he now travels the country with a message of hope.

“I don't even see it as a tragedy. It's just another life experience that opened up doors and gave me an extraordinary life,” Anderson said.

His extraordinary life has placed him on the cover of magazines, and at the forefront of a movement to encourage those who are in the same battle that he fought.

And it seems Bryan Anderson has no limits. He skydives and he snowboards.

He is active in telling his story that a severe injury is not the end, but just the beginning.

Bryan is the national spokesperson for Quantum Rehab and travels the country with a message of determination for those who have suffered similar devastating injuries.
He also works with USA Cares, based in Radcliff, Ky, which that assists post 9/11 veterans.