I grew up in Pasadena, CA and lived there until my family and I moved to Duarte, CA when I was 12 years old. I went to middle school and high school in Duarte and started hanging out with the wrong crowd. About a year after graduating high school I finally realized that I could do more with my life, but needed a push in the right direction. That is when I decided to join the Marine Corps and I left for Boot Camp on August 24, 2009. I chose to become a Combat Engineer, because I loved the fact that I would be dealing with explosives. On November 20, 2010 I was injured during my first deployment in Sangin, Afghanistan by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Both of my legs were amputated at the knee, my left femur was broken, and I suffered a minor Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Since my injury I have hand cycled 6 marathons, have gone alligator and boar hunting in Florida, monoskied in Colorado, gone fishing in Alaska, competed at the 2012 Warrior Games for wheelchair basketball and wheelchair racing, my wheelchair basketball team and I won the 2013 and 2014 Western Conference Championship, and I have completed a 5K Rugged Maniac race. I was Medically Retired from the Marine Corps on September 29, 2013. I am in my third semester of college and my goal is to become an Ultrasound Technician. I am married, my wife Jacki and I were wed on August 20, 2010. I have a 2 year old daughter named Isabel and we are having a little boy who is due November 29th of this year.
Corporal Carlos Garcia – USMC