On episode No. 26 I’m joined by Sgt. Omar “Crispy” Avila. Omar is an amazing Texas character. He’s had a life of service dedicated to his country and his fellow veterans.
Sgt. Avila joined the U.S. Army in 2004 as an Infantryman, deploying to Iraq in 2007. On May 14, 2007, his vehicle was struck with a 200 lb IED, resulting in burns to 75% of his body and amputation below the knee of his right leg.
Upon retiring from the U.S. Army in 2010, Sgt. Avila never allowed his injuries to slow his success. Powering through his injuries, he became the current world record holder for the World Association of Bench and Deadlift in the Paralympics category.
Sgt. Avila now serves as a liaison for Sons Of The Flag, helping other wounded warriors through their recovery process. A lifelong avid hunter, Omar also spreads his passion for the outdoors by assisting wounded veterans. He is also a recipient of the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and numerous other awards with valor.
Enjoy this conversation and what is truly an amazing story. One that changed me and I hope will do the same for you.