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One of few triple amputees to survive Iraq injuries will speak March 26 at MSU

March 19, 2014 -- MSU News Service

Bryan Anderson’s life is featured in the book, “No Turning Back.” Anderson will speak March 26 at MSU on overcoming challenges and reinventing his life after he lost his left hand and both legs to an IED in Iraq.    High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN – Free tickets are now available to hear Army veteran Bryan Anderson speak about reinventing his life after losing both legs and his left hand to an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

One of the few triple amputees to have survived injuries in Iraq, Anderson will speak Wednesday, March 26, at Montana State University. His presentation, “No Turning Back,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building (SUB). Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Free tickets can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the ticket office in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and at the ASK US desk in the Strand Union Building.  Free tickets are also available online, at Rosauers and at TicketsWest call centers, but a $2.50 processing fee per ticket will be charged at those outlets.

In Anderson’s presentation, he will describe his life before he was injured and explain how he was injured. He enlisted in the Army in April 2001 and had a “ship out” date” of Sept. 11, 2001. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and was injured in October 2005. He will talk about his 13 months of rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center and his determination to enjoy life and take advantage of the opportunities before him.  Among other things, he will explain how he landed on the cover of Esquire magazine and how he came to be the national spokesman for Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility Corporation. He will give an update on his budding acting career, which has included appearances in the Golden Globe Award-winning film, “The Wrestler,” the HBO documentary, “Alive Day memories: Home from Iraq,” an episode of “CSI: NY” and more.

Anderson, who was awarded a Purple Heart as a result of his injuries, travels the country making personal appearances while delivering a message of perseverance and determination in major rehabilitation facilities. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesman for USA Cares, a national nonprofit organization that focuses on post-9/11 veterans.

Anderson’s story has received extensive media coverage, including a cover story in USA Today, as well as coverage in the Chicago Sun Times, New York Times, LA Times and 60 Minutes.

Anderson emphasizes taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves, and he challenges his audience to do the same in spite of their own challenges.

Anderson’s presentation is part of MSU’s Year of Engaged Leadership, which highlights the university’s events and activities that develop leadership skills of students, faculty, staff and community members.   

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu