Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg was born in Phoenix, AZ, and moved to St. Louis, MO, where he graduated from Ritenour High School.
Cory became interested in the U.S. Army Rangers while in high school and enlisted in July 2001. He attended Basic Training, Airborne School, and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning, GA, before being assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, with whom he deployed multiple times to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
In October 2009 in Afghanistan, SFC Remsburg was on his tenth deployment, conducting a combat operation with his squad, when he was very seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device. He was rescued and rendered immediate lifesaving medical care by his fellow Rangers.
Due to the seriousness of his injuries, he was airlifted to Bagram Air Field for surgery and then medically evacuated to Landstuhl, Germany, and ultimately transferred to Bethesda Naval Hospital. He was treated for acute medical injuries and spent many months recovering before being moved to outpatient status and continuing his daily occupational, physical, vision and speech therapies in Tampa, FL, and Phoenix, AZ.
Throughout the past 5 ½ years, and following several dozen surgeries, Cory has made remarkable progress, participating in local, state, national and international events, inspiring others to “keep pushing on” when challenged by personal events. In January 2014, he was highlighted by President Obama during the State of the Union Address.
Cory retired in May 2015, and is settling in his new home in Gilbert, AZ, with his service dog, Leo. Cory continues several rehabilitation programs locally as he pursues his goal to become independent again. He refuses to be defined by his injuries, and searches for opportunities to challenge him and reach new milestones.