Army Veteran, double amputee committed to inspiring others


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Noah Galloway is 32 years old and a former Army Sergeant. The Birmingham, Alabama, native enlisted in October 2001, joining the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.

He deployed to Iraq in 2003.

“I loved my job as an infantry soldier,” says Galloway. “In the first year I was there, I saw the difference and progress we were making. I could not wait to return. Just the thought of going back thrilled me.”

Galloway’s world changed on Dec. 19, 2005, when he was injured in an IED attack in Yusafiah, Iraq.  He lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee. His road to recovery began in Germany, and continued at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Noah Galloway at the 2013 Midwest Valor Games

Noah Galloway at the 2013 Midwest Valor Games

While Galloway’s journey wasn’t an easy one, he has worked to overcome his injuries, including the invisible ones. The Army Veteran participated in the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon and a host of extreme sport challenges. In 2013, Galloway shared his story with more than 150 Veterans at the VA-sponsored Midwest Valor Games. He challenged fellow Veterans not to let their disability define them.

Noah Galloway’s determination is one of the reasons he was just selected to grace the cover of the November 2014 Men’s Health magazine.

Watch more of Galloway’s story, courtesy of Men’s Health.

Author

Megan Moloney

— Megan served at VA from May 2013 to July 2018. She is the daughter, granddaughter and spouse of Army and Navy Veterans who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Comments

  1. Sam Alnawab    

    God bless you Noah, you such a brave man ,

  2. Nold S.    

    Galloway is indeed an inspiration to others, including myself. I have long tried to live a healthy lifestyle, but I haven’t had any real progress that I can be proud of. Worse, I stumbled upon this article while looking for a quick fix to my less than ideal physique. Galloway has inspired me to take action and stop making excuses. I wish the best for him and his happy family.

  3. jacobcamp92    

    Noah Galloway is not only a leader for other veterans, but a role model for any individual who does not believe they have what it takes to workout. I am a strong advocate for living a healthy lifestyle and to live a healthy lifestyle you must exercise. It does not matter which exercise you choose. Whether it be olympic lifting, running, swimming, yoga, etc., you must overcome the excuses and make a decision to better yourself, just like Noah Galloway has and will continue to do. I wish him the best as he inspires other individuals that they do have what it takes to exercise and become healthy people.

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