Christopher Carver

Location: Washington, USA
Branch Of Service: Army
Disability: 100%

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My Story

Christopher Carver is an Army Veteran with 100% disability who spent the first 6 years of his adult life serving his country as an Army Infantryman until, in May of 2007, at the age of 23 he was severely injured with a severe axonal traumatic brain injury (the two sides of his brain were separated) followed by aspiration pneumonia from choking on his own blood.  The impact that these injuries have had on Chris will follow him throughout his life.

Chris’s contributions in service have been recognized by his awarding of the Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star.

But there’s more to his story…

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While in Iraq, his patrol was attacked with an improvised explosive device (IED). His injuries were so severe that the doctors had to cut open both of his femoral arteries and mechanically oxygenate his blood so that his lungs could be completely shut down and recover. He was in a coma for two months before waking up for a long recovery.  Between the brain injury and the muscle atrophy from the coma, Chris was forced to re-learn how to do everything from breathing, walking, speaking, even eating. 

Today, Chris lives with his wife and their 3 children (his wife was pregnant with the first when she was flown to Germany to see him in is coma).  He struggles daily with his disabilities but refuses to let them become his defining characteristics.  Instead, Chris continually seeks new ways to improve himself, his family and his community by continually improving himself.  Leveraging his experiences, Chris has focused on education and is currently a trauma therapist at a local hospital for adults and adolescents.

However, Chris’ Dream is to run a program focusing in treatment for individuals with TBI and mental disorders.  He is currently working on his Masters in Healthcare Administration, after which he will look for clinical programs in this area that he can run. After running a treatment team for a few years, he hopes to expand into either running or starting a treatment facility with a dedicated focus on mental health.  Chris wants to leverage his personal experiences and to create a world where mental health can have the dedicated resources needed to make a difference. 

4Vets4Life wants to help Chris make his Dream a reality.  And with your help, we can do that.  Your donation can provide the first steps in Chris achieving his Dream, and 4Vets4Life, in conjunction with other non-profits and organizations, can provide him the network and resources he needs for that Dream to be a success.  Together, we can change the lives of others by helping Chris’ Dream become real.