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Army Sergeant Pablo Rosario
Army Sergeant Pablo Rosario enlisted in the military in 2006. He was following the footsteps of his father who was in the infantry and served in Vietnam. Sergeant Rosario served the country through 2012.
Sergeant Rosario, who carried out missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan, suffered a traumatic brain injury and is afflicted with posttraumatic stress disorder with major depression, lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration, right knee patellofemoral syndrome , left knee patellofemoral syndrome, tinnitus, bilateral hearing loss, and maxillary sinusitis.
The years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have brought PTSD among military personnel to the attention of the American people as never before. Blast waves from explosions rattle the brain and can cause traumatic brain injuries which are often linked to PTSD. Most PTSD sufferers repeatedly relive the trauma in their thoughts during the day and in nightmares when they sleep. While the condition varies from person to person, more and more studies have linked PTSD with chronic depression and suicidal ideation.
Among the commendations Sergeant Rosario earned were the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Army Commendation Medal, (2x), Army Achievement Medal (2x),Valorous Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal (2x), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2x), NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge with carbine bar.
Sergeant Rosario, and his wife and son, received a home in Brooksville, Florida in May 2015.