Burdick was born in Utah, raised in Texas, and he spent much of his childhood playing soccer, basketball, swimming and water polo. Raised by a family of physicians, he, too, was passionate about practicing medicine. After completing a few undergraduate semesters, he enlisted in the Navy because it would afford him opportunities to administer medical treatment during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. From 2007 to 2010, he deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. It was with one week left of his third deployment that Burdick’s armored vehicle hit a roadside bomb, resulting in serious injuries to both feet. Recently retired, Burdick plans to attend Texas A&M University in January. Burdick says, “Once you deal with your personal issues regarding your injury, everything else falls into place. The opportunities are there for you to succeed, you just have to be a motivated person and stay positive.”

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Tyler Burdick

Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class

Age: 31

Current Command/Position: Student

Current Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Disability: Lower extremity injury, sustained in combat operations July 2010