A special Department of Defense blog series highlights the story of retired Army Master Sergeant Jeffrey Mittman, who recovered from catastrophic injuries in Iraq that left him partially blind—and moved successfully into employment as a veteran. Part two of the feature explains why Jeffrey decided not to let this setback stop him:
“I had the responsibility of taking care of my family,” said Jeffrey, who has two daughters. “I couldn’t just sit back.”
And so, Jeffrey went to work. During his recovery and transition he completed one master’s degree and started on a second. He began sharing his story at speaking events and on Capitol Hill. After hearing him speak at an event, the National Industries for the Blind offered Jeffrey a job. In January of this year, he started a new position in the corporate communications department of the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS).
Jeffrey credits his recovery to several things. One is the grace of God. The second is the high-quality military medical care he received, including the skills of the combat medic who stabilized him in the moments following the blast. Next comes his family, his wife Christy and his two daughters, who are now 14 and 9 years old. And last, but not least, is the community around him.
“I’ve been given a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to succeed without,” Jeffrey said.