Lending a Helping Hand to America’s Warriors. Sgt. Josh Hansen knows firsthand the pain and suffering that are the price of war. He was hit by enemy IEDs eight times during his second combat tour on Iraq. Josh's combat engineer battalion lost six great men in combat, including three from his own company.
Hansen’s final IED explosion came on 15 March 2007, lifting his Humvee high in the air and sending it crashing back to earth. Hansen remembers few details of that final blast, beyond waking up in the helicopter on the way to a medical aid station.
While Hansen’s visible wounds were slight, the cumulative trauma to his brain caused by multiple IED blasts would leave life-changing scars and ultimately end his military career. Medically retired from the service, Hansen felt isolated, depressed and struggled to find his role in the civilian world.
Adding to his emotional burden was the loss of four of his brothers in arms to suicide once they had returned stateside. Recalling his role as a leader of men in combat motivated Hansen to become involved in creating a support network for fellow veterans.