United States Navy
Brad Snyder was in a combat zone in Kandahar in 2011 when an IED explosion injured two of his team members as they were walking through an uncleared field. While rushing to provide medical assistance, he stepped on a second IED. The explosion burned his face and blinded him, but Brad found a new way to excel in the world. After the accident, he rediscovered his life-long love of swimming. Less than a year later, he was selected for the USA Paralympics swim team for the 2012 London Games and won two golds, a silver and set a number of American records and a Paralympics record. Today, Brad advocates for wounded veterans and the Paralympics movement. He also supports charities that helped him through his rehabilitation. Brad has used his gifts as an inspirational athlete to serve as an incredible role model for thousands of veterans and disabled Americans who face similar challenges.