William “Brad” Beard is a veteran of both the US Marine Corps, for which he served from 1996 to 2000, and of the US Army, for which he served from 2000 through 2009. Married to his wife Jennifer, with a son, daughter and two dogs, the Vicksburg, Mississippi resident enjoys “anything outdoors,” including hunting and fishing. He also enjoys “hanging out with family and friends.”
On March 20, 2008, Beard was severely injured when his Humvee was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. “I lost both index fingers,” Beard reports. The resulting explosion also brought additional trauma, including loss of “part of my left thumb, blew out my right ear drum, hole in right retina, shrapnel all over upper body, and loss of my right forearm muscle.”
Despite his injuries, Beard maintains a good attitude. “19 surgeries later this is as good as it is going to be,” he said. As a participant in World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ February 2012 Soldiers to the Summit at Snowbird event in Utah, he will have the opportunity to further enjoy the outdoors.
Above image of William “Brad” Beard and his wife Jennifer at a friend’s birthday party courtesy William Beard.