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Army Corporal Scott Owens

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Corporal Scott Owens enlisted in the United States Army in August of 2000. He carried out two tours of duty in Iraq.

On April 3, 2003, Corporal Owens was on a mission in Southern Iraq when his unit started taking on fire from a sniper in a tower behind a compound wall. Corporal Owens and his unit returned fire, but soon found themselves pinned behind a berm against a wall. After signaling for assistance, Corporal Owens and his unit attempted to crawl to safety, and then made a dash before being told to get down as incoming mortar rounds were coming in from both directions. There were loud sirens and explosions before everything went black.

Corporal Owens lost much of his hearing in both ears, tinnitus, suffered injuries to his knees, spine, feet, and shoulders, and has been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. He has a 90% disability rating.

Among the commendations Owens earned were the Army Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (2x), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star (2x), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Corporal Owens, his wife Shannon, and their three children will be receiving a home in Winter Haven, Florida.