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Sergeant Brad Anderson, USA, is “an Iraq War Army Veteran and Purple Heart.  Sergeant Anderson is a triple amputee, losing both legs and his left hand in an IED blast in Baghdad. Johnson College hosted “Bryan Anderson Day” on October 16th, where he was the keynote speaker for their scholarship awards luncheon.  Sergeant Brad Anderson is the author of No Turning Back: One Man's Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination, and Hope.

According to the book description of No Turning Back: One Man's Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination, and Hope, “The word conquer has changed meaning for Bryan Anderson. As a U.S. Army Sergeant in Iraq, it meant taking down the enemy. After becoming Iraq’s fourth triple amputee from a roadside explosive, what he had to conquer got a bit more personal.

On October 23, 2005, the moment Bryan looked down and realized he no longer had legs, he cracked a joke. It was a tragedy that could break many, but Bryan transformed it into something positive, something that propelled him forward. Despite grueling surgeries and rehabilitation, his goal has always been bigger than simply walking again. Making the most of life, he went for it, learning how to snowboard, water-ski, rock climb, and skateboard with his condition—even winning himself some gold medals to place next to his Purple Heart.


In this inspiring memoir, Bryan shares his infectious love for life that touches anyone who’s faced hardship. Anyone, in any circumstance, can overcome the toughest challenges, by not just surviving, but thriving. No Turning Back is a testament to pure hard work, perseverance, and hope for a better life—no matter what shape it takes.”

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