Taylor joined the Navy right out of high school in 2007. He went through extensive training as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician and became expert in explosives, diving, parachuting, as well as the tactical skills of a combat fighter. He was trained to render safe all type of explosives including conventional, improvised, underwater, chemical, biological and nuclear. He was deployed to a remote region of the Kandahar Province in the winter of 2012.
Taylor has confidence in his future and recently married his “smokin’ hot girlfriend” Danielle.
“Keep in mind that it could always be worse. Keep trying and you’ll find a way to do it.”
Taylor has given QL+ three specific requests that will help improve the quality of his life and will serve as prototypes for other veterans in need. Your donation will help further improve the quality of Taylor’s life. The prototypes QL+ develops for him will benefit others.
In May 2012 he stepped on an IED that blew off parts of all four of his limbs. He says he went from being one of the most independent people out there to 100% dependent on another person. It took a toll. It was hard to do. With courage and determination he focused on the future and on what he needed to do to improve so he can live the life he and his sweetheart had planned on.
Hey, I have an idea. Let’s try it. Let’s make things better. These are words you often hear from Taylor. In creating solutions for himself he is a trailblazer bringing about solutions for others. As advancements are made on his behalf, they also are contributing to the quality of life for others.
Taylor returned to his home in Cedar Rapids IA 24 months after he stepped on the IED. To everyone’s amazement, he walked through the honor guard as they saluted him. He estimated he was 50% of the way to where he wants to be.
He worked as hard at training his body and mind in this new situation as he had at becoming an EOD expert. He truly lives the central theme of his Navy training – Constantly Improve Your Situation.
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