After returning from a second combat tour in Iraq with The U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler was shot four times, including once in the head, by another Fort Hood soldier. The prognosis doctors gave Patrick was very grave and he was not expected to live. Medical professionals believed he would remain in a vegetative state the rest of his life.
Patrick defied all odds and relearned to walk, talk and embrace life again. This week, in spite of the extent of his injuries and tragic news from Fort Hood, he learned to ski again at the DAV and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.
Along with more than 300 of his fellow veterans, he overcame obstacles through adaptive sports. Patrick shared his condolences to the families of Fort Hood victims, addressed the difficulties service members face when returning home from war, and shared his positive message of hope for the future.