SGT (Ret.) Andrew Beesley
SGT (Ret.) Andrew Beesley, a native Houstonian and proud Eagle Scout, graduated from North Shore High School in 2005. He was an active student and, feeling called to "his duty to God and his country," enlisted in the US Army delayed entry program at age seventeen. He has a long military family history and his immediate family is considered a "Five Star Family": Father, Colonel James Beesley, and mother, Command Sergeant Major Maryeva Beesley, both serve in the Army Reserve. His brothers, Specialist Robert Nevius and Sergeant Michael Beesley, are active duty in the Army and both served in OEF/OIF.
Beesley deployed to Iraq in 2006, where his platoon tended to a Mass Casualty Cleanup. It was during this tour that Andrew lost many "very near and dear friends."
In July the following year, Beesley's convoy was hit by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED). The VBIED lifted Andrew's Humvee up and dropped them back down "like a rag doll." Beesley, the gunner at the time atop the vehicle, struck his head on the .50 caliber machine gun and was knocked unconscious.
Due to his Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress, Beesley now suffers from temporary memory loss and underwent cranial surgery. He experiences seizures, and struggles with internal derangement of his knee and tendonitis. He could no longer carry either of his daughters, who at that time were 2 and 9 months.
His wife, Karleen, has been a stalwart in his recovery, comforting him through seizures and walking alongside him as he battles everyday challenges from his injuries. Andrew looks forward to continuing progress with his Cognitive Rehabilitation and hopes to get his Masters in Music Education or K-12 Education.