Injury: Diffuse Axonal Brain Injury
Military Branch: Army
Tony Brink graduated from Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas with the class of 2006. Tony entered the military right after high school, where he served in Iraq from November 2007 until February 2009. He received many military awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. When Tony returned to the states, he attended Brookhaven College from 2012-2015 in their emergency medical services education programs.
In November of 2015, Tony was involved in a car accident while taking his daughter to preschool. Tony ended up in a coma for two weeks with a very serious TBI. After waking up, Tony had no memory of anything and had to start from scratch, relearning to do the things we take for granted like walking and talking.
Tony is a determined and dedicated person who loves to work out and achieve any goal he sets for himself. He brings a great spirit to his classmates and has already achieved his main goal of walking again without his cane. Tony is overcoming many obstacles right now and eventually would like to get back out into the world and start working again.