Capt (Ret.) Daniel Moran
Capt (Ret.) Daniel Moran is a Houston, TX native and proud graduate of Texas A&M University. An active student, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, and served as the Combined Band Commander.
Dan hails from a military family and cannot remember a time when he did not want to join the United States Marine Corps.
During his second tour of duty in Iraq, Dan sustained a level two concussion from an improvised explosive device. Doctors encouraged him to take time to recover, but Dan was anxious to rejoin his platoon. Only weeks later, Moran and his platoon were ambushed. Three men were killed instantly, and Dan was severely injured. Dan sustained third degree burns over fifty percent of his body, a compression fracture and herniated disks, inhalation injury, and a traumatic brain injury.
After waking from his coma in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Dan spent the next two and a half years recovering from his injuries in the burn unit. He has undergone over thirty surgeries, participated in rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid, and recieved other forms of therapy.
Dan says that his wife and caregiver, Teal, epitomizes Semper Fidelis through her constant strength and devotion. The couple reside in his specially adapted Helping A Hero home in Texas with their two children.