On July 28th, 2006—six weeks before he was scheduled to return home—Cheryl’s husband Bryan was severely injured by a bomb blast in Iraq. In addition to multiple physical injuries, he sustained a traumatic brain injury and suffers from PTSD. Cheryl rushed to his side and became his advocate and caregiver. She spent her says dressing his wounds, helping him learn to walk again, and keeping him calm during PTSD episodes. After 20 months and 15 surgeries, Bryan was medically retired from the Army. Cheryl works with Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor to help other wives of wounded warriors.