Edmonston joined the Navy while attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He always had been interested in a military career, and when he heard about the Navy’s nuclear engineering program, he was hooked. Edmonston calls completing Navy Nuclear Power Training one of the most challenging experiences of his life; he also found his subsequent work aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) one of the most rewarding. In 2009, while he was exiting the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton, Wash., he lost control of his motorcycle. He suffered a TBI; broke his arm, face, and back; and sustained multiple other injuries. Edmonston medically retired from the Navy in 2011. Edmonston says: “I have always been proud to serve my country, but because of all that I have been through and how the Navy has helped, I am even prouder to put on that Red, White and ‘Navy’ Blue.”

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John Edmonston

Retired Navy Lieutenant

Age: 32

Current Command/Position: Mechanical Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Current Hometown: Bremerton, Wash.

Disability: TBI, sustained in a motorcycle accident October 2009