Brad Snyder trains at the Merritt Athletic Club in Baltimore Aug. 6 for the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London. Snyder is a former Navy lieutenant and EOD officer who suffered permanent blindness from an IED explosion in Afghanistan on Sept. 7, 2011. He has already won two medals at the 2012 Paralympics, a gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the 50. The Paralympics is a major international sporting event in which thousands of athletes, including wounded and injured U.S. service members, participate in a variety of sporting events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stephen Murphy/Released)
Navy wounded warrior Lt. Bradley Snyder was serving on a Special Forces bomb deactivation team in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated in his face Sept. 7, 2011. In addition to losing his vision, he sustained burns, lacerations, and facial fractures. On the one year anniversary of the injury that cost him his sight, he will compete for the gold in the 400m Freestyle Swim at the 2012 London Paralympics. He has already won two medals at the 2012 Paralympics, a gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the 50. Take a moment and get to know this amazing Sailor – who personifies the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.