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A native of Peachtree City, GA, Dan Berschinski attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 2007 with a commission in the infantry. Upon graduation from West Point, Dan served as a rifle platoon leader with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division based out of Fort Lewis in Washington state. In the summer of 2009 Dan and his men deployed to Afghanistan’s violent Arghandab River Valley. On August 18th Dan was severely wounded while leading his platoon on a dismounted patrol. Dan triggered an improvised explosive device, which instantly severed both of his legs above the knees, broke his jaw, and shattered his left arm.
After being medically evacuated out of Afghanistan Dan underwent four months of inpatient surgeries and hospitalization at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dan then spent the next two years undergoing daily physical therapy and prosthetic limb training. He has since become the military’s only above-the-knee and hip-disarticulation amputee to walk on a daily basis. While in therapy, Dan served as a certified peer visitor, frequently visiting and counseling other wounded service-members and their families. Dan has been an advocate for improved bomb-blast protective equipment for troops currently in combat, as well as an advocate for patient care and improved rehabilitation practices at Walter Reed. He is currently pursuing a patent for a novel prosthetic hip-socket design, and he has worked with M.I.T.’s Media Lab on an advanced prosthetic foot design.
Recently retired from the Army, Dan currently lives in Washington, D.C. He is the owner and president of Two-Six Industries, a plastic injection-molding manufacturer. Dan is also a board member of the Amputee Coalition, America’s leading non-profit amputee awareness organization, as well as the West Point Society of D.C.
Captain Berschinski’s awards and decorations include the Afghan Campaign medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, and Purple Heart medal.