Member Profiles

Nicholas Allen

Liberty, the freedom to act or believe without being stopped by unnecessary force.

Cincinnati, Ohio native Nicholas Robert Allen likes to live life to its fullest. As a teenager, he “went on road trips all over the country. I have been to almost every state, been to a few different countries and lived in Germany for about four years.”

“I enjoy the Liberty and Freedom to be able to travel from state to state, unlike many other people in this world,” he said. “To embrace the people who fought with me, for me, and are fighting to help me now and to help me claim a life within my altered means.”

Married for ten years to his high school sweetheart, with two young children, Allen believes he was meant to serve in the military. “It was just what I was born to do,” he said. “Not being in the military kills me.”

Joining the Army, Allen was stationed in Vilseck, Germany from 2001 through 2005. “I was hit in the head with a .50 cal barrel during a training exercise in 2001 that caused a moderate concussion,” he recalled. Later that year, he sustained a minor blast injury when he was too close to a tank when it fired.

“In July 2003 in Regensberg, Germany, I was attacked from behind and knocked off a bridge. I fell approximately 40 feet,” he reports. “I suffered many injuries, including fracturing multiple vertebrae in my neck and back, fracturing my wrist and eye socket and sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury. I was in a German hospital for one week then was sent back my post to receive further care. Approximately six months later, I was deployed to Iraq, although I did not have any therapy before I left. You can imagine what falling 40 feet would do to your body. Then, suffering through another day in Iraq, while unloading a truck full of ammo crates, the soldier in the truck above me handing down the crates dropped a full ammo crate on my back and down I went.”

Nicholas Allen in Iraq

Nicholas Allen during his tour in Iraq. Above portrait and this image courtesy Nicholas Allen.

“After that, I was picked among others to assault a city south of us called Najaf. After the blunder that had us awake for 30 hours, we convoyed to Najaf. It took about 16 to 18 hours. I made it about two or three days until I woke up and I could not move my legs. They dragged me to the medics who had finally arrived and when the Doctor looked at my back, she almost fell over. When I leaned a bit forward, it looked like a golf ball was trying to come out of my spine. I was evacuated and eventually medically discharged from the Army in 2005.”

Suffering from PTSD, TBI, chronic pain in his lower back, neck, knees and most major joints; headaches; IBS; arthritis; light sensitivity; and auditory processing disorder, Allen now “spends three days a week going to VA appointments and two days watching my youngest daughter and fixing things around the house.”

Allen is looking forward to his participation in World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ Soldiers to the Summit at Snowbird event in late February 2012. “I have not done much on my own except some hunting when I was young,” he reported. “I have been to the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic twice. It is in San Diego and I did a bunch of stuff there. Biking, kayaking, surfing, Track and Field, and sailing.”

“I hope that this will bring me closer to trusting people, trying new things, having faith in others that they will do what they say they will, relieve some stress, make some new positive memories to help move out some of the negative,” Allen said of the event. “I appreciate the opportunity to come on this trip and look forward the new experiences.”