• September 21, 2014

From Wounded Warrior To Successful Federal Employee

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:44 am | Updated: 2:32 am, Fri Apr 25, 2014.

(NAPSI)—Here’s an inspiring look at how one former soldier went from adversity to personal victory: Retired Staff Sgt. Paul Roberts is a two-time Warrior Games medalist, a father of two, a federal employee and a proud member of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2).

In the summer of 2009, Roberts was serving in Afghanistan when his truck was hit with an IED.

“I hit the windshield and I was unconscious,” remembered Roberts, who sustained severe second- and third-degree burns and was the only survivor from the truck. “When I woke up, my face was on fire, the fire started eating through my gloves.”

He was medically evacuated to Landstuhl, Germany and then to Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, where he was introduced to AW2 and his first AW2 Advocate, Kimmy Davis.

During his recovery, Roberts participated in the Operation Warfighter internship program at the Drug Enforcement Administration. Roberts also discovered adaptive sports. “Wheelchair basketball was instrumental in my recovery and transition,” said Roberts, who played for the San Antonio Spurs wheelchair basketball team. “It gave me a sense of purpose and a sense of drive.”

In 2012, Roberts medically retired from the Army and relocated to Washington, D.C., where he met a new AW2 Advocate, Ayandria Barry. Though he was separating from the Army after six years of service, Roberts was determined to continue to serve his country by working for the government. Barry signed Roberts up for federal job fairs and practice interview sessions and helped with his résumé. Roberts accepted a position with the Department of Justice. “I feel lucky that I had wonderful people at AW2 help me transition from the Army to civilian life,” said Roberts.

Along with career and education planning, AW2 Advocates work with soldiers and veterans to navigate federal programs and processes, assist with financial planning and find local resources. Specifically, Barry secured a special lawn mower for the Roberts’ yard that accommodated the burns on Roberts’ legs. Barry helped Roberts obtain a special wheelchair to train for and participate in the Warrior Games. Today, the Roberts family considers Barry a staple around their household, not only as an AW2 Advocate, but also as a friend.

To learn more about AW2 and other resources for wounded, ill and injured soldiers, visit http://wtc.army.mil/announcements/AW2_10th_Anniversary.html.

 

On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

STAR Medicaid presentation Monday at senior center
Posted: September 21, 2014

A STAR and STAR Plus Medicaid presentation by Enrique Rosado begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the Lions Club Park Senior Center.

more »
Gas prices fall across Texas
Posted: September 21, 2014

Retail gasoline prices in Texas fell 6 cents last week, a decline that matched the nationwide drop in prices at the pump.

more »