Army Staff Sergeant Vanessa Brown did two deployments, one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. During her deployment in Afghanistan, Brown’s convoy hit an IED that flipped their vehicle. The driver fell on top of her and Brown suffered six broken vertebrae. She was flown to Landstuhl, Germany and her upper spine is now held together by eight screws, rods and plates. During her second deployment in Iraq, Brown was working as a mechanic on a service and recovery team. During a mission that took them through Mosul, her vehicle was ambushed and Brown was hit by gunfire in her rib cage. As she tumbled to the ground, several Iraqi locals dragged her to the side of the road and she feared being taken captive. Fortunately, she was so badly injured that she was removed by medevac and taken back to Germany. Check out the episode to hear the rest!
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