Lt. Col. Kenneth Dwyer and his U.S.-Afghan unit found themselves outnumbered during a 2006 ambush in Afghanistan. Dwyer lost a hand and an eye as a result of the firefight, but not his life. Extensive injuries didn’t stop the Green Beret from climbing the ranks of the Special Forces, nor did they keep him from playing catch with his son. A 1998 Furman health sciences graduate, Dwyer told his story to Dash Coleman of the Savannah Morning News. Now garrison commander for Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., Dwyer said, “The hardest part [of my recovery] was convincing everybody around me that I could do whatever I wanted to as long as I was creative enough and dedicated enough to figure it out.”
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