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Army Sergeant Alan Wyrwa
Sergeant Alan Wyrwa joined the Army in 2001, citing his interest in becoming a U.S. citizen, and doing his part to protect the country through military service. Sergeant Wyrwa served five tours in war zones before being medically discharged in 2013.
During Sergeant Wyrwa’s five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he dealt with constant firefights, IED explosions, and, in one situation, had his vehicle roll over as a result of an IED explosion. Due to pain that he could no longer endure, he was unable to continue defending, securing, and assisting his unit.
Sergeant Wyrwa suffers from sleep apnea, patellofemoral syndrome in both knees, a traumatic brain injury, migraines, degenerative disc disease, chronic left wrist strain, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
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.
Sergeant Wyrwa received the Army Commendation Medal (2x), Army Achievement Medal (2x), Army Good Conduct Medal (3x), National Defense Service Medal (2x), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (2x), Iraq Campaign Medal with Four Campaign Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Two Campaign Stars, Overseas Service Ribbon (5x), and the NATO Medal.Driver and Mechanic Badge with driver-wheeled vehicle clasp.
Building Homes for Heroes gifted Sergeant Wyrwa, his wife Erika, and their two daughters with a home in Kissimmee, Florida in April of 2015.