Death handed a card to Marine grunt Rory Hamill. He said 'no thanks'

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Rory Hamill served as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Afghanistan with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. That deployment would change Rory's life in many ways and has helped him develop into a man who has decided to never stop working on himself.


"As fate would have it I earned my Death Card on February 13th, 2011. My lucky streak had run out and an IED robbed me of my right leg and my life as I knew it. Death visited me often in the years following that day, one time even seducing me into His sweet embrace with promises of release. But my will to survive, the desire to conquer, saved my life and I put the pistol down. If Death could not stop me, nothing would," he said.

"Self maintenance is continual. There's no band-aid solution to what you're going through. You must learn, evolve, and adapt to it. Use your circumstances to help others, and you'll find that you're actually helping yourself. No obstacle is impassable; By Endurance, We Conquer. "

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