Sam Cila joined the New York National Guard right after 9/11. His unit the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment
out of New York, deployed in October 2004. His year long tour was just about over when he was injured by an
IED blast on July 4, 2005. The patrol was just outside of the Green Zone in Baghdad when they spotted a suspicious object.
Sam was outside his vehicle with his Captain when the object exploded. Sam's life was saved by the quick responses of his medic and unit.
Since the injury Sam had received over 40 surgeries to help repair some of the damage. The blast blew out his
left side taking with it his brachial artery and almost all of his left bicep and tricep. Because of the amount of nerve loss
to his upper arm Sam's hand was now considered a secondary injury. He spent three years fighting a never ending battle.
He took every opportunity available to him to try and fight the inevitable. Amputation.
With this Sam has been traveling throughout the country and world with Operation Rebound and CCI
engaging in numerous speaking and endurance events. With the help of his service dog Gillian, Sam's has been
focused on helping others heal through sports and have an active lifestyle.