WO2 (Ret.) Romulo "Romy" Camargo*, USA
Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Romulo "Romy" Camargo joined the US Army in 1995. During his third deployment to Afghanistan in 2008, Camargo's mission had been cancelled. Dedicated to service, he volunteered to do a humanitarian mission. Romy's detachment was ambushed during the mission, and he was struck in the neck by a sniper's bullet. The medic performed an emergency tracheotomy during the crossfire, which likely saved his life.
Camargo arrvied at Walter Reed Military Medical Center on his wife, Gaby's, birthday. Doctors told Romy that he was paralyzed from the shoulders down and that he would not walk again. A soldier at heart, Camargo refused to quit and dedicated his life to intensive therapy. He also refused to quit the Army even though he was eligible for medical retirement and disability pay. He found a role with the Special Operations Command Care Coalition, where he has worked to inspire and encourage fellow wounded veterans. He and his wife Gaby have a son.
* Home Grant Recipient