Juan Carlos Hernandez
Juan (JC) joined the United States Army in July 2006 right after graduating high school. Juan was born in Mexico and at the age of 8 he migrated to Texas with his 2 older brothers after his grandfather who was taking care of them passed away. With the help of their mother who was already in Texas they were able to arrive safely and started school immediately.
Juan enlisted in the Military because he wanted to thank this great nation for allowing them to live free and have a better life than they would have had if they had stayed in Mexico. He also wanted to be part of something larger than himself and create a bond, a Military bond with many Americans as himself.
Juan was stationed in Fort. Campbell Kentucky, home of the 101st Screaming Eagles and was part of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. In Dec. 2008 Juan deployed as a volunteer door gunner on the Chinook Helicopters and was based out of Fob Fenty, Jalalabad Afghanistan. During one of their night time aerial missions in the Kamdesh valley his aircraft was hit with an RPG causing the Chinook to crash land. Thankfully no one was injured but Juan received injuries to his legs causing one of them to be completely destroyed forcing an amputation.
Juan has been using cycling as rehabilitation for physical and mental therapy. He also loves giving back and helping many other Veterans achieve many of the same goals using cycling as a wa to bridge the gap between military lifestyle to civilian. Juan is currently attending Santa Monica City College and working on his Kinesiology degree and hopes to someday work in the physical adaptive education field and helping individuals achieve their goals!
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