Losing A Limb Doesn't Stop Soldiers

When limbs are lost, these soldiers forged ahead to inspire others.

Softball, body building and singing. These soldiers have more in common than losing a limb while serving their country. They are following passions and helping to inspire others. 

The "Ultimate Men's Health Guy" Noah Galloway

U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway lost part of his arm and leg when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device in Iraq. 

Dedicated to fitness since he was a teenager, Galloway gained weight and spent hours in a deep depression every day,  laying in bed drinking. In 2010, he looked in the mirror and made a decision to turn his life around. 

He became an inspiring athlete and the first reader in the history of Men's Health magazine to grace its cover. 

"I looked back, and my depression terrified me,'' Galloway told Men's Health for its November issue. "I never wanted to experience that again. That's why I got into races. What kept me moving was never going back to where I came from. I wanted people to see more than my injury." 

The Ultimate Men's Health Guy, is "physically fit, confident, stylish, career-driven and a pillar of his community,'' according to the magazine. 

His own words are powerful and inspiring. 

Sal Gonzalez: Wounded Veteran Appears on 2014's America's Got Talent. 

Behind a powerful and soulful singing voice, Sal Gonzalez has a compelling story. 

In 2004, his Marine Corps convoy hit a roadside bomb in Iraq.  He awoke a week later in a military hospital where Doctors told him his leg might need to be amputated. 

Gonzales replied , “Cut it off, let me get on with my life.” 

He's done just that. He auditioned on America’s Got Talent and was featured on the show.  Here's his stunning cover of "Ain't No Sunshine"

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team 

Every year, 20 kids from across the country  are selected to participate in the week-long Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team's Kids Camp. 

The motto of the Wounded Warrior team is "Life Without a Limb is Limitless ," and they hope to inspire the campers to forge ahead with life and succeed. 

"It’s tough for children ," said David Van Sleet, founder of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. "When they get into an environment like this … they feel so much better that they’re not the only one."

The organization says the military mentors show the young athletes that physical challenges shouldn't limit their perspective on what they can achieve.

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