United States Army Corporal Vincent Mannion-Brodeur
CPL(R) Vincent Mannion-Brodeur was raised in West Roxbury, MA and Hyannis, MA. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2006. After graduating from Infantry and Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA in December of 2006, CPL Manning was ultimately assigned to B Co., 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He deployed to Kuwait in early Feb 2007 before arriving in Iraq a week later.
While on a patrol in Tikrit, Iraq on March 11, 2007, Vincent’s team moved to clear a small building. Upon opening the door, an explosive device was detonated remotely using a cell phone. The explosion instantly killed CPL Brodeur’s squad leader, SGT Dan Woodcock, and severely wounded Vincent who was positioned only four feet to his right. Vincent’s wounds included catastrophic head trauma, a nearly severed left arm and his upper torso was riddled with bomb fragments.
CPL Brodeur remained in a coma for more than a year while enduring multiple surgeries to reattach his left arm, remove a portion of his brain, remove various blood clots within his brain and replace his cranium with synthetic material. Thanks to the tireless efforts of his parents, Jeff and Maura, Vincent became the first active-duty serviceman to get private care on the East Coast when he was moved to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA. As a direct result of his wounds, CPL Brodeur has undergone 43 surgeries in 24 different hospitals and has set the bar to a new level for severe TBI. He continues to receive treatment in several hospitals each year. Vincent currently lives with his mother, Maura, a U.S. Navy veteran and his father, Jeff, a U.S. Army veteran who together are his caretakers.
2016 Distinguished Veteran
Sergeant Ryan Scott Fleming
Sergeant Ryan Scott Fleming served honorably in the Massachusetts National Guard including a deployment to Afghanistan where he sustained multiple injuries and was twice awarded the Purple Heart. On May 9, 2011, SGT Fleming was wounded, along with several other soldiers, when a suicide bomber mounted on a motorcycle attacked while his unit was conducting dismounted operations. SGT Fleming was wounded 10 days later when his vehicle was attacked with an IED during a mounted patrol in Alishang in Lahgman Province in which SGT Fleming’s unit was assisting with rebuilding projects in the district. SGT Ryan’s wounds from these events include Traumatic Brain Injury, compressed disks, hearing and vision loss, nerve damage and PTSD.
SGT Fleming is now a Master Carpenter/Contractor and owns and operates a construction business that serves clients in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Ryan is dedicated to supporting Veterans’ outreach efforts and serves as a peer mentor to Veterans in the process of transitioning from active service. He is a champion for alternative therapy and support resources for injured and transitioning Veterans and their families. Ryan is also the co-founder of After Action Films and is currently working on the documentary “In a Heartbeat” which chronicles the experiences of the soldiers in his unit from Afghanistan and their road to recovery after returning home.
Ryan credits his success to overcoming his traumatic injuries to the the unwavering support of his wife Ryan-Marie and his daughters Natalie, Haley and Riley. They reside in New Ipswich NH.
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