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President Obama Honors Past Patient

Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg at the State of the Union

Cory Remsburg couldn't wait to enlist in the Army and on his 18th birthday, he signed his enlistment papers. He began his military training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, followed by enlistment training, jump school, and the most rigorous of all, ranger school. He joined the 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite special operations unit and was assigned to Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA.

His military career would take him to the war in Afghanistan, where he would earn a National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with combat star, Iraq Campaign Medal with combat star, and an Army Commendation Medal for valor.

On his tenth deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, Cory was struck by the blast from an IED and thrown into a nearby canal. He was found under water minutes later by his fellow Rangers and transported to a trauma hospital in Kandahar. His condition was so grave that the NATO surgical team didn't think he would survive.

He was alive, but would remain in a coma for three months. He had a traumatic brain injury, an eye injury, two collapsed lungs, left arm paralysis, burns and damaged vocal chords. Fifteen months later, Cory came to Casa Colina and began rehabilitation at the Transitional Living Center (TLC), approaching his therapy with the same determination that he had approached Ranger School.

"I like the way they incorporate everything," he states slowly and deliberately, "They teach us how to manage our injuries, our energy, and our feelings."

The staff at Casa Colina was there to guide him every step of the way with their expertise and encouragement. After an eighteen month stay at TLC, Cory was able to return home to his family. This was a tremendous accomplishment for him and for Casa Colina.

Cory represents the results of effective rehabilitation. Every day, we are honored to be of service to Wounded Warriors from across the nation, helping to get them back home to their families.