Hancock joined the Navy in 2007 to travel the world and serve his country. He was deployed to Atsugi, Japan later that year, then to Bahrain in 2009. While in Bahrain, he was participating in repelling training when his cable snapped. He fell five stories, sustaining life-threatening injuries and leaving his lower body paralyzed. In 2010, Hancock was medically retired. Since his fall, he has not let his disabilities slow him down. Hancock became a certified dive master and helps wounded and injured veterans in their recovery through diving; he also enjoys four-wheeling, hand cycling and hunting.

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Steven Hancock

Retired Navy Master-at-Arms Seaman

Age: 23

Current Command/Position: Adaptive athletics

Current Hometown: Pueblo, Colo.

Disability: Lower-body paralysis, sustained in a training accident in 2009