Douglas “Mike” DayMike Day

Senior Chief Petty Officer Special Operator SEAL, Douglas “Mike” Day, entered a tiny room in a raid on high-level al Qaeda militants in Iraq’s Anbar province on, April 6, 2007, a bullet slammed into his body armor from less than 10 feet away.

By the time it was over, Day had been shot 16 times from a distance of within 10 feet, not counting the 11 rounds stopped by his body armor. He also suffered grenade shrapnel wounds that knocked him unconscious.

Before the firefight was over, a fellow SEAL was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck, yet Day was miraculously able to walk to the medevac helicopter on his own two feet. He spent the next two years recovering from his injuries, and still suffers lingering pain on a daily basis.

Retired from the Navy, Day now works as a full-time advocate for wounded veterans and their families.

“Despite multiple gunshot wounds, he continued to engage the enemy, transitioning to his pistol after the loss of his primary weapon, eliminating three enemy personnel without injury to the women and children in close proximity to the enemy personnel. Additionally, his decisive leadership and mental clarity in the face of his injuries ensured the success of the mission which resulted in the destruction of four enemy personnel and the recovery of sensitive United States military equipment and valuable intelligence concerning enemy activity in the area.”