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It was out of love for his country that inspired Master Sergeant George Vera to join the Army in June of 1995 out of Nashville, Tennessee. Military service also runs in his family; his father served in the Marines.

In his 20th year of service, in August of 2015, Master Sergeant Vera’s base came under attack from a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (IED) driven by suicide bombers. Master Sergeant Vera exposed himself to the blast as he pulled wounded soldiers away from enemy fire. He was shot during his efforts to secure the perimeter.

Sergeant Vera suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis. He is now confined to a wheelchair. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and a loss of his vital organs, including a kidney, and part of his liver and intestines.

For his service to his country, Master Sergeant Vera has been awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal (4x), Meritorious Service Medal (2x), Army Commendation Medal (3x), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7x), Army Good Conduct Medal (6x), the Ranger tab, Special Forces tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and the  Air Assault Badge.

Master Sergeant Vera, his wife, Angela, and their daughter, Isabella, will be gifted a mortgage-free home in Florida.