SSgt (Ret) Daniel Gilyeat, USMC
SSgt. (Ret.) Gilyeat was born in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Dan joined the US Marine Corps in March of 995 and served 4 years of active duty before returning to Kansas and with the USMC Reader Reserve. Gilyeat returned to active duty shortly after September 11, 2001, and deployed to Iraq on his first combat tour of duty in 2003. He was wounded during his second deployment to Iraq in July of 2005 when his Humvee was hit by a massive roadside bomb. The blast severed Dan's left leg above the knee and while a fellow soldier placed a tourniquet on his leg, Gilyeat began telling jokes to maintain his composure and the control of his men. The medical team arrived on the scene to find all of Gilyeat's soldiers laughing.
Dan's recovery was remarkable, and he was promoted to Staff Sergeant in the hospital. Twenty-seven days after surgery, and to the amazement of doctors and nurses, Gilyeat was using his prosthetic leg and walking again. Two and a half months later, he had stopped taking all medication and he was performing feats he was told he would never be able to do with a prosthetic leg. Dan was medically retired from the US Marine Corps on September 29, 2006 and now resides in his Helping A Hero home in Kansas with his four children. His adapted home was featured on the hit TV show Extreme Home Makeover.