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Army Sergeant Anthony Stroup
Army Sergeant Anthony Stroup served in the United States Army for almost six years in an effort to serve his nation, and to set a positive example for his children to follow. Sergeant Stroup served in the 2nd Infantry Divisions 1st Calvary Regiment out of Fort Lewis, Washington and then served in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He was honorably discharged in 2010 due to medical issues brought forward by the constant and highly demanding nature of the unit. Sergeant Stroup was attacked on multiple occasions during his deployment in Iraq and Kuwait, leaving him with traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic lumbar strain, sleep apnea and a skin disorder.
In one incident, Sergeant Stroup was traveling in an armored Humvee when it was struck by a mortar blast and a rocket propelled grenade that caused the vehicle to crash. He was also struck by a vehicle borne-improvised explosive device that was carrying chlorine gas. The blast, explosions and crash then resulted in Sergeant Stroup being hit with burning hot shrapnel, car parts and chlorine gas. His unit withstood mortar and other various forms of attacks, day and night, during his 18-month deployment and extensions in Iraq and Kuwait.
Sergeant Stroup received many Certificates of Achievement (13x), The Army Commendation Medal (3x), Army Achievement Medal (4x), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star (2x), Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Expert Weapons Badges and SOCOM Tab. Sergeant Stroup was recommended three times for the Purple Heart. He also competed and won the Non Commissioned Officer of the Year Completion for the entire South East region while simultaneously attending Airborne School. Sergeant Stroup turned down two promotions to become a member of the Elite Special Operations unit that same year.
Sergeant Stroup, wife Shannon and their two children received a mortgage-free home in Pensacola, Florida from Building Homes for Heroes.