Navy Lieutenant Brad Snyder lost his eyesight when he stepped on an IED while looking for Taliban fighters in Kandahar, but he did not let that take away his fighting spirit. Snyder never let the injury get the best of him, saying “It was pretty much immediate that I (decided I) was going to try and minimize my blindness as much as possible, and get out and pursue success. Thankfully my support network was pretty savvy and said, `You should check out this Paralympic swimming thing.'”
Brad Snyder is one of 20 servicemen on the U.S. Paralympic team, with six veterans of the Afghanistan or Iraq conflicts. Snyder has graced the winners podium twice so far, winning gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the 50.
“I hope that my generation,” Snyder says, “the warriors coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq who are lying in bed missing a limb or whatever and they don’t know what’s next, can see my story and say: `Hey, that’s for me. If he can do it, I can too.'”
Signed, Isidori Mtabo