US ARMY Captain Benjamin Harrow, Rockville, MD
Captain Benjamin Harrow is a 2005 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, originally from Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. He was also a 4-year letterman with Army Lacrosse. Ben is a driven competitor and leader.
Following Infantry Basic School, then Ranger School, Ben went on to the Special Forces Qualification “Q” Course and earned the Green Beret Special Forces tab. He became a Special Forces Commander for 2 years. During his second tour in Afghanistan in May 2012, he stepped on an IED leading a foot patrol, resulting in amputation of both of his legs above the knee and severe damage to his right arm. He has earned 3 Bronze stars and a Purple Heart. Yet, he remains positive, is relentless and focused on his rehab and his family, and thinks of the men in his unit often.
Ben is married to his wife Gina and they have a 2 year old son, Peyton. They are currently living in Rockville, Maryland while he continues to undergoing therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
US Army Specialist Sean Pesce, Ranger, West Haven, Connecticut
Specialist Pesce, 20 years old, is a 2011 graduate of West Haven High School in West Haven Connecticut. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and completed the rigorous Ranger training, the Army's elite force.
On October 12, 2012, Sean was wounded with small arms fire in an engagement with Afghan rebels (his Sgt was killed), and sustained major injuries through his abdomen: he lost his spleen, a kidney, and shattered vertebrae that also damaged his spinal cord. He is has no feeling from the waist down. He recovered from surgery and wounds first at Walter Reed, then Tampa VA Center, and finally at Mass VA hospital. Now in a local apartment, he is working on coming home to his family in West Haven once his parent’s home can be modified for wheel chair accessibility. he received a Purple Heart for his combat injuries.
Sean plans to live with his family, his father Dan, his mother Gail, 2 brothers and his grandfather, also a veteran.