Year of Engaged Leadership presents Bryan Anderson
- Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
- Strand Union Building - view map
"No Turning Back"
Bryan relates the story of how he was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device in Iraq, his subsequent rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center, and his determination to enjoy life and take advantage of the opportunities before him. He talks about his background, his life before his injury, and the steps he has taken to adapt to life after his injuries. Bryan relates his experiences of accepting the new realities of his life and reinventing himself around them. He talks about his experiences with Esquire Magazine and how he landed on the cover of this major publication, how he came to be the spokesperson for Quantum Rehab, and the latest updates in his budding acting career. Bryan emphasizes taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves and challenges his audience to do the same in spite of the challenges they face.
In his free public presentation, "No Turning Back," Army veteran Bryan Anderson will talk about his background, his life before he lost his left hand and both legs to an improvised explosive device, and his determination to enjoy life and take advantage of the opportunities before him as he reinvents his life. He will speak at 7 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A.Anderson enlisted in the Army in April 2001 and had a "ship out" date of Sept. 11, 2001. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and gained additional law enforcement experience at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary as a prison guard. He was injured in October 2005.
Anderson's presentation is part of MSU's Year of Engaged Leadership, which highlights the university's events and activities that develop leadership skills of students, faculty, staff and community members.
The MSU Office of Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services arranged for Anderson's presentation with funding made available by the Montana Legislature in 2013. The legislature gave $1 million to the Montana University System to expand veteran services across the state.