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SSG Breckheimer 2017 Everest Redemption Expedition

Organized by: Benjamin Breckheimer

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EVENT DATE Apr 01, 2017

THE STORY:

Benjamin's goal is to climb Mt. Everest, Nepal at 29,035 feet (8850m) in 2017 with American300, an all volunteer 501C3 Nonprofit. For more information, please check out their website at www.american300.org

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His Story:

On September 13, 2009, SSG Breckheimer's life would be forever changed. While on his second deployment, SSG Breckheimer was Wounded In Action (WIA) while on duty when the Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle he was driving hit a pressure plate improvised explosive device (IED). He was medically evacuated to Kandahar Airfield to recieve life and limb saving surgery before being evacuated back to the United States at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC).

The wounds he sustained included a concussion, perforated right eardrum, L5/S1 vertebrae fractures, right pelvic fracture, bilateral femur fractures and a partially severed lower right leg which was saved through limb salvage.

After four long years of not only physical recovery, but battling depression, PTSD and thoughts of suicide, Benjamin has made it his life goal to not only climb Mount Everest, but the infamous 7 Summits.

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Benjamin Breckheimer joined the US Army Reserves in 2002 as an Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of a 68D, Operating Room Specialist with the 452nd Combat Support Hospital (CSH) out of Milwaukee, WI. He attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Benning, Georgia and follwed up with his first phase Advanced Individual Training (AIT) to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Upon successful completion of AIT Phase I, he then went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky for his second phase.

In July of 2005, Benjamin decided to join the Active Army and was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and worked in the operating room at Brooke Army Medical Center. Immediatly upon arrival at his duty assignment, he volunteered for deployment to Iraq and became PROFIS to the 10th CSH out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

In October 2005, he was deployed with the 10th CSH for a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 05-07) and worked at Ibn Sina Hospital's operating room in the Green Zone.

In February 2007, Benjamin was selected above his peers to take part in a two week long humanitarian aide to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

After Benjamin returned from Honduras, he decided to do an MOS reclassification to a 19D, Cavalry Scout. He reported to Fort Knox, Kentucky as prior service to complete Phase II of One Station Unit Training (OSUT). After he completed OSUT, Benjamin was assigned to Comanche Troop, 8th Sqaudron, 1st Cavalry Regiment 5th Brigade 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) where he was assigned as a driver.

In July, 2009 Benjamin was deployed to Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF 09-10) and just a couple months into his tour, the Stryker vehicle he was driving was hit by an pressure plate IED.

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SSG Breckheimer's awards include: Expert Marksmanship Badge, Combat Action Badge, Wheeled Driver and Mechanic Badge, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/Campaign Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (w/2 Campaign Stars), Army Commendation Medal (x3), Joint Service Acheivement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (x4), Army Good Conduct Medal (x2), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (x2), NATO Medal

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Climbing Resume:

-In July 2013 Benjamin began taking action for his love of mountaineering by taking a Mountaineering Expedition Course on Mount Baker, WA at 10,781feet (3286m) with Mountain Gurus.

-In July 2013 Benjamin attempted Mount Rainier, WA at 14,409ft (4392m).

-On August 1st, 2014 at 1024am Benjamin completed his first of the 7 Summits by summiting Europe's highest mountain at 18,510 feet (5642m), Mt. Elbrus in Russia. (While on the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Benjamin tossed his wedding ring off the summit. He vowed to do it on Mt. Everest, but after 4 years of dealing with divorce he decided that was the perfect time to finally let-go.) Here's to new beginnings!

-In October of 2014 Benjamin attempted to climb Africa's highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro at 19,341feet (5895m) but came short due to illness.

-In 2015 Benjamin headed off to Asia to attempt to become the first Wounded Warrior to summit Mt. Everest, Nepal at 29,035 feet (8850m) via the South Side through the dangerous Khumbu Icefall. Tragically on April 25, 2015 while making his way towards base camp coming down from the Khumbu Icefall with his climbing partner and Sherpa, an earthquake struck causing a serac to break off of Mt. Pumori and swipe through the mid-section of base camp, claiming at least 19 lives and wounding at least another 60. Once Benjamin reached base camp he called home via satellite phone to notify his family of what happened and to reassure them he was okay before taking part in the rescue effort. His bid for the summit would come to an end, but he reached as high as Camp 2.

All donations will go towards the cost of the expedition; to include climbing permits, flight itinerary, oxygen (if needed), food, and all Sherpa Guides and/or porters.

Any questions or concerns please email benjamin.breckheimer@gmail.com

With all of your support, I cannot fail. Cheers!

$800

 

8% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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  • Louisa Kastner

    $25

  • Brittany Spacco

    $25

  • Scott Daley

    $100

  • Penny Cole

    $25

  • Kathy McCarty Schwab

    $25

  • Pam Wulf

    $100

  • Melissa Boetig

    $25

  • Charles Fox

    $100

  • Tamika Lopez

    $100

  • David Nelson

    $250

  • Penny Cole

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Penny Cole

Penny Cole

DONATION: $25

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David Nelson

David Nelson

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Tamika Lopez

Tamika Lopez

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Charles Fox

Charles Fox

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Melissa Boetig

Melissa Boetig

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Pam Wulf

Pam Wulf

DONATION: $100

Breck! You are my hero! With all that you've been through, it's amazing to me what you have since accomplished! It was a pleasure serving with you at Ibn Sina and an honor to be one of the many anesthesia providers who took care of "one of our own" at BAMC. Hats off to you brother... accomplish your goal!!! 2 years ago

Kathy McCarty Schwab

Kathy McCarty Schwab

DONATION: $25

Can't wait to read about your climb! 2 years ago

Penny Cole

Penny Cole

DONATION: $25

For all that fight for my freedom. I thank you. 2 years ago

Scott Daley

Scott Daley

DONATION: $100

Weak Stop Here! 2 years ago

Brittany Spacco

Brittany Spacco

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