"WOUNDED HERO'S OF AMERICA"
for the 2019-2020 SEASON
Daniel Aguirre, is a San Angelo, Texas, native and a Corporal/E4. He joined in 2017 and was stationed in Colorado.
In May of 2018 I was deployed to Afghanistan and the mission was "Uplift", which is to support Special Forces in combat. I did several missions with Special Forces and they convinced me to go out for Special Operations. While in Ghazni province the vehicle I was in hit an IED, estimated to be at least 1,000lbs. There was seven in the vehicle, four did not make it. I was knocked unconscious and didn't wake up until December 1st. I sustained many injuries including T7 ad L1 burst fractures, right 3rd through 12th rib fractures, a liver laceration, dislocated and broke my right elbow, my right ankle and my left thumb. I currently have two rods drilled into my spine by 18 screws and two screws in my radial head. It's been a rough year so far but I've definitely come a long way. I am walking now and able to do most things but with a lot of pain. My traumatic brain injury makes things difficult for my memory which isn't as good as it use to be.
Hunting is something I've always wanted to do my whole life. I'm very excited to be able to go on a hunt with you and appreciate the opportunity.
SPC EZRA MAES
SPC Ezra Maes was born in Colorado, raised in new Mexico and stationed at Fort Hood in Texas.
My first unit assignment was with Delta Co. 2nd Battalion and later transferred to Delta Troop. During my assignment I served as M1A2 Loader and Driver. I deployed in 2018 to Poland to assist in Operation Atlantic Resolve, then to Slovakia for Operation Slovak Shield. While in the field our tank lost its parking brake and we rolled down a nearby hill with the crew inside. Upon impact I lost my right leg among other injuries.
My short term goals include regaining mobility, allowing me to continue service and inspiring my fellow soldiers to overcome adversity. I will also complete my undergraduate credits towards my degree of Biochemical Engineering during my assignment at the Warrior Transition Battalion. Through an internship with The Center for the Intrepid, I will gain real world experience in their research and development laboratory and with their prosthesis manufacturing scientists, that the aforementioned degree would qualify for. My long term goals include completing my enlistment and obtaining my Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering and building a career in that field as a Prosthetist.
I'm very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of Venado Macho and go hunting.