STAFF SERGEANT BRENT NADJADI
Military Branch: United States Army
Location: New York
Build Completion: October 4th, 2022
Born and raised in Bath, New York, Staff Sergeant Brent Nadjadi followed a bigger calling after high school. In 2008, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Heavy Equipment Operator. A year later, Brent was deployed to eastern Afghanistan. His unit, 161 ESC, 27th Engineer Battalion, was ordered to conduct a two-day route-clearing mission to create a safe pathway for forces and citizens.
On September 13, 2010, day two of the mission, Brent’s vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device — knocking him unconscious. Days later, he woke in Germany at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center where he was being treated for multiple fractures in his legs and feet, a crushed vertebra, broken spine, and broken jaw.
After nearly two years of ongoing rehab and surgeries, his left leg was still not progressing. Brent made the difficult situation to have it amputated below the knee. Nine years into his new fitness routine, he now noticed gradual decline in bone and tissue in his right leg. In March 2020, he underwent his second amputation. Even facing difficult these challenges, Brent is happy to report he’s in the best shape of his life.
Read more about Brent’s life and how he continues to live with positivity and gratitude.
Like many high school grads, Brent Nadjadi needed to do something next. Sensing junior college wasn’t right, he decided to follow in the bootsteps of his twin brother, Derick, and enlist in the United States Army.
In 2008, Brent found himself far from his small hometown of Bath, New York, and at Fort Bragg, NC, for basic training as a heavy-equipment operator.
A year later, SSG Nadjadi stepped onto the soil of eastern Afghanistan. His unit, 161 ES, 27th Engineer Battalion, was immediately ordered to conduct a two-day route-clearing operation. While he wasn’t supposed to be on the mission, Brent stepped up and joined them.
“Clearing bombs off roadways creates a safe path for forces and citizens, and also creates a great sense of service and camaraderie,” said Nadjadi.
On September 13, 2010, day two of the mission, Brent’s an Improvised Explosive Device struck his up-armored vehicle. In an instant, everything went black.
Days later, SSG Nadjadi woke up at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Unsure of where he was, he was set at ease when he saw his friend, one of four passengers in his vehicle, safe beside him.
The incident left Brent with multiple fractures in his legs and feet, a crushed vertebra, broken spine and broken jaw during the incident. With his deployment over, he returned to the United States for ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.
After a year and a half of ongoing medical care and surgeries, his left leg had not progressed — leading to him make the difficult decision to amputate it below the knee.
After spending three long years at Walter Reed Medical Hospital, Brent retired from the U.S. Army in April 2013 — proving to be the most difficult thing he’s ever done. Determined to find a new purpose in life, Brent found a love of fitness and adaptive sports — which motivated him to be a player and board member of the USA Patriots “America’s Amputee Softball Team.”
Nine years into his fitness journey, Brent noticed a gradual decline in bone and tissue in his right leg — ultimately leading to its amputation in March 2020.
“I might not have my legs, but I’m still here. I chose to live a life thankful for the blessings I still have.” says Nadjadi.
Today, Brent is a police officer for the Village of Canisteo Police Department. When not helping his community, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing corn hole, golfing, and hand cycling. He also takes great pride in helping others accomplish their goals.
Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is proud to give Brent a mortgage-free home in his hometown so he can focus on doing what he loves most.
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