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Wounded Warrior shares story with VA employees
By Shannon Mann, Durham VAMC Communications Office
Thursday, April 17, 2014The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service offered a special event here on April 9, 2014. Jeremy Muncert, an Army Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke to a crowd of about 40 people in the hospital’s living center gymnasium. Muncert, a wounded warrior, spoke about his experiences, the VA and the Wounded Warrior Project. Muncert was a military police officer with specialized experience as a sniper and with explosives, but while he was wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, neither of those injuries ended his career. Sadly, upon his return to the U.S. in 2009 Muncert was in a life-threatening car accident that left him partially blind, deaf and unable to walk for three years. Muncert isn’t your average Veteran though. This 29-year-old decorated Veteran made it his new mission to embrace life and help others embrace it too. As a participant and spokesperson for Wounded Warrior Muncert told the crowd of VA employees how the program honors and empowers warriors. He also mentioned it exists to publicize what our wounded Veterans do and provide them with help and assistance to continue leading normal lives. Muncert told the crowd that since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 more than 52,000 military men and women have been wounded. The Wounded Warrior Project helps those Veterans and their families in big and small ways. Muncert has taken full advantage of the program participating in the outdoor retreats and sporting events. In f act, Muncert has maintained a strict fitness regiment and will represent the Durham VA at the 2014 Valor Games being held in the Triangle area May 20-22. Despite the challenges he faces, Muncert was an inspiration to everyone in the room that day. His courage, conviction and passion for life and the Wounded Warrior Project were evident in his speech and how he interacted with the crowd. He told the group “the best part of life is giving back” and no doubt his philosophy for was a message heard by all that day.