Army Staff Sergeant Visala Tui joined the military out of American Samoa in 1996 as a Reservist, and transferred to Active Service a year later. Staff Sergeant Tui proudly served the country for 14 and 1/2 years. He served with HHC, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment (Wolfhounds), 3rd Brigade (Broncos), and the 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning).
Staff Sergeant Tui carried out tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a combat medic, he had exposure to numerous injuries. Among the injuries Staff Sergeant Tui suffered were a traumatic brain injury, severe sleep apnea, injuries to both shoulders, PTSD, permanent injuries to his left side, and injuries to his lower back and knees, and severe arthritis in his ankles. He must undergo further surgical procedures. SSG Tui is rated as having a total disability permanent in nature.
For his service to his country, Staff Sergeant Tui received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Commendation Medal (5x), Army Achievement Medal (5x), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (4x award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3x), and the Combat Medical Badge.
Building Homes for Heroes gifted Staff Sergeant Tui, his wife, and their four children, with a home in Riverview, Florida in September 2014.