Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18)
Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) served in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years, receiving medals for valor, merit and sacrifice (including The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal). He had the honor of serving under the elite Joint Special Operations Command as a bomb disposal expert. While he was able to detect and destroy most of the IEDs that he encountered, the very last IED he found resulted in sustained catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs. Following the injuries, in addition to recovery and his ongoing military duties, Congressman Mast provided expertise to the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. After his retirement from the Army, he continued to work in counter terrorism and national defense as an Explosive Specialist under the Department of Homeland Security. He has subsequently earned a degree from the Harvard Extension School and volunteered to serve alongside the Israel Defense Forces to show support for the freedom Israel represents throughout the Middle East and the world. In Congress, he strives to serve as he did on the battlefield: without regard for personal gain or personal sacrifice.