Sergeant Juan Arredondo enlisted in the US Army immediately after graduating high school. A year later, he deployed to Kosovo on a peace-keeping mission. Over the next few years, Arredondo was promoted to Sergeant and stationed in Korea. In 2004, he volunteered to deploy to Iraq and was assigned to the 1/506 D Company 2nd Infantry Division. His primary duty was in Ar Ramadi, just west of Fallujah.
On February 28, 2005 while on patrol, Arredondo’s vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which was detonated by remote control. His left hand was severed above the wrist, both legs were injured, he received shrapnel wounds to his body, his right arm was broken at the elbow and he received a blow to the back of the head. Due to his injuries, Arredondo was honorably discharged from the Army after seven years and three months. Since then, he endured numerous surgeries, consistent treatment for his injuries, and regular therapy.
Arredondo has been working for the Wounded Warrior Project since 2007 as a peer mentor in hospitals. He is able to use his personal experience in overcoming his injuries and perseverance to serve others who have served our country.
Currently, Arredondo resides in San Antonio, Texas. He has two children, a son, Juan Diego, and a daughter, Rose, who is currently in the U.S. Navy.