Cpl (Ret.) Zach Briseno
Cpl (Ret.) Zach Briseno grew up playing baseball, football, and basketball in Fort Worth, TX . Since the ninth grade, he wanted follow in his grandfathers' footsteps and join the US Marine Corps.
Briseno's second deployment was in September of 2007. In November of that year, an anti-tank mine hit his convoy and exploded under his Humvee seat. He was eventually transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX for medical treatment. The incident left Zach with a double leg amputation, a broken arm, and a plate in his wrist. He did not complain about his pain or condition. In fact, Zach reports that only hours after his injury, two thoughts occupied his mind: speaking to his family again, and eating pizza.
Zach is a single father and resides with his son in his specially adapted Helping A Hero home. Unfortunately, his own father passed away one week before his second deployment. Briseno's mother and brothers have been incredibly supportive of Zach during his rehabilitation. Zach looks forward to finishing his education and becoming a Police Officer in the Forth Worth area.