SPC Nicholas Mapson, Ret.
SPC Nicholas Mapson currently lives with his wife and two children in Antioch, Illinois. On his 99th day of his deployment in Afghanistan, Nick's vehicle was struck by an IED while on patrol. Mapson trapped inside until his buddies pulled him out. He suffered third degree burns over 20% of his body, including on his face, arms and hands, vision and hearing loss. He didn't want to go outside, but after many surgeries, Nick regained his confidence and the ability to do a lot of the things he used to enjoy.