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2015 Honorees, 10th Annual Tournament

 

US ARMY Captain (Ret) Nicholas Vogt, Arlington, VA

 

Nicholas John Vogt was raised in rural Ohio as the oldest of 5 siblings, and he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Life Sciences.

 

Following graduation, he trained as an infantry officer at Ft. Benning, Georgia and completed his Airborne and Ranger School qualifications before reporting to Ft. Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. Since his unit was deployed at that time, he immediately left to meet them in southern Afghanistan. Soon after his arrival, he was assigned as the commander of an infantry platoon.

 

While leading his unit on a foot patrol on November 12th, 2011, Nicholas was severely injured by an IED. This resulted in double above-knee amputations and a traumatic brain injury, among other things. After over two years of recovery, Nicholas returned to active duty and completed his service time as a professor’s aide at the United States Naval Academy in the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department. He was medically retired in June 2015 as an Army captain.

 

On September 19th, 2015, Nicholas married LTJG Lauren Vogt, a Navy nurse he met while recovering at Walter Reed. They live in Arlington, Virginia. Nicholas is currently attending George Washington University, pursuing a masters degree in Bioinformatics.

US Marine Corps Sergeant (Ret) Eddie Ryan

 

Born and raised in rural Ellenville, New York now living in Lake George, Eddie  enlisted in the Marine Corps directly from high school in 2002 at age 18, following in his father’s footsteps and compelled after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  

 

After boot camp, he was immediately deployed to Iraq and saw combat in Nasariya and Ramadi. His second deployment was to Djibouti, Africa. On his 3rd deployment to Iraq in April, 2005, he was shot in the head by two machine gun rounds on a rooftop. He was not expected to survive except for the effort of his fellow marines. In the words of his father, “Day by day as he was in ICU, the prayers were working. Eddie was fighting and at 3½ weeks Eddie was off the Life Support that the doctors said he would be on for the rest of his life. Eventually, weeks after that, Eddie started tracking us with his eyes. One day a peer of his, (a fellow sergeant), who was an experienced Marine sniper, came to visit him from Hawaii, Eddie did the unbelievable he SMILED.”  

 

Eddie saw more improvement as time passed and his memory and speech slowly came back as he healed from the immediate wounds and surgeries. With the bullets piercing his skull and face, Eddie suffers from severe TBI, and is wheelchair bound with only limited use of one arm. After 10 years since his “Alive day,” he lives with his devoted mother Angela and father Chris and they care for him 24/7/365. He requires daily care and therapy of all kinds, from muscle coordination, speech, and normal activities. In order to receive the much-needed VA benefits which were not readily available in rural Ellenville, the family decided to uproot their home of 30 years, and move  to Lake George where they had a seasonal home and be closer to VA services in Albany. There is still much regular care needs  beyond what the VA can support.

Nick and Lauren uniform Eddie salute

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c/o Treasurer

PO Box 475

Fairfield, CT 06824-0475

 

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