SSG (Ret.) Paul Brondhaver, USA
Staff Sergeant (SSG) Paul Brondhaver is a native of New Richmond, Ohio, a small town located 20 miles east of Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River. Paul joined the United States Army at age 17, before graduating from New Richmond High School in May 1986. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Science from the University of Cincinnati. Paul has earned his Master’s in Business Administration in 2013 from Indiana Wesleyan University. Paul has been a Red Cross volunteer and instructor for 31 years. Paul retired from the United States Army in 2007 with 21 years of service.
SSG Paul Brondhaver has traveled all over the world through his military service to places such as Honduras, Germany, Panama, Kuwait, and Iraq. His state and country called on him to serve on active duty for 19 different missions and operations. He served with the 216th Combat Engineer Unit and the 1st Infantry Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 through 2005. SSG Brondhaver’s tour ended early when his combat patrol was attacked with small arms fire and a rocket propelled grenade that exploded near his Humvee in Summara, North of Baghdad, Iraq in July 2004. Paul’s body was riddled with over 300 pieces of metal shrapnel in the attack, while a fellow soldier and friend was killed in the explosion. Paul has hearing loss severe nerve damage, a traumatic brain injury, and severe post traumatic stress disorder. Paul credits the Lord, prayer, his fellow soldiers, the military and his American Red Cross training for saving his life.
SSG Paul Brondhaver's military awards include:
- 4 Army Commendation Medals
- 3 Army Achievement Medals
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Bronze Star with Valor
- And…The Purple Heart
Paul's family currently reside in Cincinnati. Paul enjoys spending time with his three beautiful children: Tanner, Morgan and Conner. Paul knows firsthand the needs military families have after returning home from deployment, so he started his own 501 (C) 3, non-profit foundation. The “Paul Brondhaver Foundation for Military Families” rescue dogs, trains them, and provides veterans with companion service dogs. His foundation also assists local military families with dental, counseling, home repairs, food and other important expenses that cause the military family undue hardship. He feels it is a true honor to serve his country, the United States of America.