Magazine article VFW Magazine

Iraq Vet Double Amputee Inspires Others

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Iraq Vet Double Amputee Inspires Others

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Named the Ultimate Guy by a national magazine, Noah Galloway is stronger than ever despite having lost his left leg and arm.

Noah Galloway has come a long way in the past 10 years. He made a name for himself on ABC's Dancing with the Stars in the spring. His dancing often moved the judges to tears-one judge referred to Galloway as his "hero." Galloway placed third in the dance competition.

In 2014, he was named the Ultimate Guy by Men's Health magazine. Most recently, designer Kenneth Cole selected Galloway to represent his newest fragrance, Mankind Ultimate.

Galloway's life today is much different than in 2005. On his second tour in Iraq with the 1st Bn., 502nd Inf. Regt., 101st Airborne Div., Galloway drove his Humvee into a tripwire on Dec. 19, 2005. The vehicle was thrown into a roadside canal. The rest of his convoy kept driving, thinking he had escaped the explosion.

With his wounded leg trapped under his seat, Galloway wasn't rescued until a second convoy stopped and called for a helicopter to evacuate him.

"Noah's injuries were catastrophic," said Maj. Dennison Segui, a medic at the scene, in a video shown on Dancing with the Stars. "We didn't think he was going to make it."

But he did. He lost his left leg above the knee and his left arm above the elbow. Galloway put on a brave face for those around him, but inside he was angry. The Army was his life.

He had dropped out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham after the Sept. 11,2001, Islamic terrorist attacks, and enlisted. He said he had found his calling.

"It really depressed me," Galloway said during a Dancing with the Stars interview. "I portrayed this image to everyone around me that I wasn't affected by it, and I buried it all. I got to where I would just sit at home by myself and drink to try to cope with it. It was the biggest mistake I ever made."

Then one night in 2010, he looked at himself in the mirror and knew he needed to take care of himself so that he would always be around for his three children. …

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