Episode 4: Fallen Angel

In 2010, Gary Wilson was on board a Black Hawk helicopter crossing over Northern Kandahar. Due to
extreme low visibility, the Black Hawk crashed into the rugged Afghan terrain, claiming four lives and
leaving 11 others severely wounded.

At first, Gary was given a 4% chance of survival and sustained severe injuries that saw him fall into a

Three months passed, and Gary awoke to a different life in which he had to relearn everything from
walking to talking. Beginning a journey towards regaining his independence.

Gary beat those 4% odds in part due to the love and support of his partner, Renee.

In this episode, both Gary and Renee speak of their experience and their remarkable willpower to
overcome extreme adversity.

This episode is funded by the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program


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