Wanting to make something of his life, Army Staff Sergeant Mercedes Amaro joined the Army at the age of 18 in August of 2000. SSG Amaro was deployed overseas four times, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffered multiple injuries. During his last deployment, he started to have severe pain in his lower back and knees. In June of 2009, Amaro received a Soldiers Medal for saving a soldier’s life when she dropped a grenade in their pit.
SSG Amaro has had major back surgery, has injuries to his shoulder, knees, and feet, and suffers from PTSD.