Paralyzed Marine To Receive Bronze Star With Help From Exoskeleton (Video)
Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Derek Herrera will receive the Bronze Star Friday at his retirement ceremony on base. Paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Herrera will walk to accept his medal with the aid of his exoskeleton.
"I could easily go and roll up in my wheelchair, but for me it's a mental and emotional goal that I set for myself: to stand up and walk out of the Marine Corps."
Herrera became paralyzed on June 14, 2012 when he was shot in the spine while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The Military Times reports Herrera is receiving the Bronze Star with combat "V" for his actions that day:
Even though he was hurt, Herrera continued to coordinate the fight while he received medical care. His efforts inspired the team as they helped the wounded and fought back the enemy...
Here's video of Herrera waking with the aid of the Argo ReWalk Exo Skeleton at Camp Pendleton on Nov. 6, 2013: