United States Army CPT Greg Galeazzi (Ret.) grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and was raised to have pride in his country. Greg’s father served in the Navy and his three older brothers served in the Army. His family’s history in the military, along with the events of September 11, 2001, influenced his decision to join the Army. Greg was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in the summer of 2010. Quickly into his deployment, he volunteered to take over a platoon who had lost their leader to a roadside bomb.
On May 26, 2011, Greg was heading back to base with his platoon after leading a foot patrol, when he was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). Greg lost both of his legs and part of his right arm. His soldiers kept him alive while they waited 30 minutes for the MEDEVAC helicopter to arrive.
Greg woke up three days later at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He underwent dozens of surgeries and endured many additional complications before he was able to live on his own. Greg is grateful for the enduring love and support from his family and fiancee Jazmine, who have stood by his side throughout his recovery.
Today Greg is a medical student at Harvard Medical School and is living alone in a small dorm room. He is looking forward to the accessibility that a specially adapted smart home will provide him and Jazmine as they start a family together.