Corporal Eric G. Elrod joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001. He served in the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division and deployed twice to Iraq. He served as a Rifleman and as a Fire Team Leader during both deployments. While on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, Elrod and his men were ambushed by an enemy machine gun and he was critically wounded during the exchange.
Elrod’s injuries included a shattered femur, which was replaced by a titanium rod. He underwent 11 surgeries and continues to suffer limited mobility. Elrod was awarded the Purple Heart and received a medical discharge from the Marine Corps.
Elrod completed his degree in Construction Science and works for Hillwood Development Company in Fort Worth, Texas. His priority is spending time with his wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Ashley and Alexis. In 2009, Elrod began mountain biking and running with the goal of competing in adventure racing. He completed the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon twice; the Cowtown Half Marathon; and has completed two six hour adventure races with his team. Elrod continues to dedicate his time to charities and causes that support our veterans and their families.