Frank signed into the delayed entry program for the Navy on his 17th birthday with written permission from his parents. Once he completed high school, Frank departed to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. While serving upon the USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), Frank attended and completed Surface Rescue Swimmer School in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 2005 to become a ship search and rescue swimmer (SAR). Upon completion of a deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism, Frank’s Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUD/s) training package was accepted in 2006. On Jan. 18, 2007, while still attending the training, he was hit head-on by a drunk driver fleeing from the police. Due to the severity of the injuries Frank suffered, he had to give up his plans to become a SEAL. Since retiring, Frank has continued to exercise and compete. He currently is a student at San Diego State University. Earlier this year, he joined other disabled veterans in to cycle across the country as part of the Sea to Shining Sea ride.

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Joseph Frank

Retired Navy Operations Specialist 2nd Class

Age: 27

Current Command/Position: Student

Current Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Disability: TBI, upper- and lower-body impairments, sustained in a motor vehicle accident January 2007