Sometimes an incredible true-life story can inspire you to do or try something new. World events and being wounded can change the course of a life. Melissa Stockwell’s life changed for these reasons. However, she inspires and deserves gratitude and admiration.
Melissa Stockwell was attending the University of Colorado and was part of the ROTC program when the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks occurred. She then attended Transportation Officer Basic Corp in Virginia. Following assignment at Ft. Hood in Texas, she was deployed to Iraq in 2004.
She was a lieutenant when she was wounded in the Iraq War. A roadside bomb exploded when she was leading a convoy in Baghdad. She lost her left leg above the knee. She was the first female soldier to lose a limb in this war. She was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for her service.
Melissa Stockwell is and/or has been a paratriathlete, Paralympic Swimmer, U.S. Army officer, triathlon coach, a prosthetist, a motivational speaker, a member of the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project, and more. She competed in swimming events in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. She then competed in the 2010 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. Subsequently, she was named the USAT Paratriathlete of the Year in 2010.
Melissa Stockwell is a wife and mother. She is very patriotic. Her path changed with events, however her love of country and athletics have remained. Her prosthesis and wedding rings are red, white, and blue in addition to other decoration and clothing.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!