February 20, 2020
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“On May 25, 2004, my son, Army Specialist Rory Dunn, was on escort duty for a civil service team just outside Fallujah, when a daisy-chained IED hid-den in a tree overhanging the road on which he was traveling was detonated by remote control as his Humvee passed underneath. The devastating shrapnel tore through the canvas top of the unarmored Humvee killing two soldiers and critically wounding Rory and another soldier. Rory was wearing a helmet, but the blast crushed his right cheek, forehead, and frontal skull from ear to ear; destroyed his right eye and right eye orbit completely; blew his other eye out of his head; and deafened him immediately in both ears. With no eyesight or hearing and with massive head injuries, Rory attempted to search the back of the Humvee to see if anyone else was still there, but then collapsed across one of the seats where he had been sitting. Rory was so grievously wounded that the medic, upon arriving, passed over him to assist another soldier who he thought had a better chance of survival. However, a Marine holding my son in his arms asked what he could do for Rory, as Rory was still clutching his weapon and asking about his buddies. Rory struggled against the three soldiers who tried to get him to the ground and on a stretcher. Rory finally lost consciousness as he was airlifted to a field hospital in Baghdad. His traumatic brain injuries (TBI) were so devastating that upon arrival at the hospital emergency unit, the triage doctor’s diagnosis/prognosis was that there was nothing that could be done for him. My son was set aside to die. It was his 22nd birthday.”