Capt. (Ret.) Dan Berschinski graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 with a commission in the infantry.
In the summer of 2009, then Lieutenant Berschinski and his men deployed to Afghanistan’s Arghandab River Valley. On August 18th, Dan was severely wounded while leading his platoon on a dismounted patrol. He 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. He then spent the next three years undergoing daily physical therapy and prosthetic limb training. He has since become the military’s first 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. He has also 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.
Dan graduated Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2015, now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and has started a small business. Captain Berschinski’s awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, and Purple Heart medal among others.
Areas of Expertise
All volunteer force / Civil-military relations
Counterinsurgency operations and practice
Wounded veteran experience (injury, surgery, recovery, military medicine, prosthetics and advanced rehab)
Veteran’s Affairs (VA) issues
West Point military academy culture / education / training
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