Blount is from Tampa, Fla. Athletic in high school, he participated in cross country, swimming, wrestling, and track and field. He always knew he wanted to be in the military, and he chose the Navy so he’d almost always be near the water. He went through Hospital Corpsman “A” school in 2003 and was accepted into Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) after volunteering for special programs. He was stationed with EOD Mobile Unit EIGHT in Sigonella, Sicily for five years and deployed to Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was selected for the Seaman to Admiral commissioning program in 2009, and began classes at SUNY Maritime College the following year, studying International Business. It wasn’t until this summer that he displayed mental health issues due to complications from combat. Blount hopes to remain on active duty and become an EOD officer; if that’s not possible, his plan is to move back to New York City and finish his bachelor’s degree. Blount says, “I am so thankful for friends, family, Safe Harbor and the EOD community for standing by me and believing in me; I don’t know what I’d do without them.”
Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class
Current Command/Position: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda
Current Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
Disability: Combat-related mental health issues