Ask Technical Sergeant Tom Marcum what injuries he sustained over the course of his seven deployments overseas since he joined the Air Force in 1996, and he’ll rattle off a startling list.
“Traumatic brain injury, a blowout fracture of my right eye, reconstruction on my right shoulder, equilibrium disorder, debris in my lungs from explosions, hearing loss, cognitive problems, I have no short-term memory, and PTSD,” Tom said, pausing to think of any others he might have left out. “I think that’s it.”
Tom is an extremely optimistic Georgia native. He and his equally strong-willed wife, April, have found solace and a community through the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to providing support to injured service members across the country. Immediately upon Tom’s return to the states in 2008, the project helped him ease the difficult transition back into civilian life.