Brian Taylor Urruela
United States Army
Brian Taylor Urruela of Tampa, Fla., joined the U.S. Army Infantry in 2004 upon graduation from high school and served for more than six years. While serving in Iraq in 2006, he lost his leg after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device, which also took the life of his commander. At home, Brian helped start VETSports, a non-profit organization that provides adaptive sports opportunities for returning wounded and combat veterans. The organization's mission is to provide veterans with physical, emotional and psychological rehabilitation through adaptive sports while also assisting them with their reintegration into their respective communities. His organization further provided assistance to his fellow warriors by setting up an annual college benefit for the son of his deceased commander. The Purple Heart recipient is currently attending the University of Tampa where he is studying sports management and plans on trying out for their JV baseball team.