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Army Staff Sergeant Dennis Hollimon
Army Staff Sergeant Dennis Hollimon enlisted in the Army in 2000 out of Jacksonville, Florida because he wanted to serve and protect his country while creating a better future for himself.
It was in 2009 when Staff Sergeant Hollimon was traveling on a mission when his convoy was ambushed by gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades. He took a direct hit that removed his left arm, and would later require a full amputation. He also suffers from PTSD and a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
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.
For his service to his country, Staff Sergeant Hollimon has been awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star. The Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ One Star, Army Commendation Medal (3x), Army Good Conduct Medal (2x), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Two Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with One Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the NATO medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Staff Sergeant Hollimon, his wife Apris and their two children were gifted a mortgage-free home in Newnan, Georgia.