Joseph Bozik

By the start of the 2006 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, less than a handful of triple amputees had returned from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Joey Bozik was among them. The Army veteran lost both his legs and his right arm when the Humvee he was riding in was hit by a land mine south of Baghdad.

Throughout his recovery from his injuries, Bozik has been known for motivating his fellow soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

His trip to the Winter Sports Clinic was no exception.

While participating in skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, sled hockey, snowmobiling and self defense training, “embodied the spirit of the clinic,” according to DAV National Director of Voluntary Services Edward E. Hartman.

“This young man’s daunting physical challenges pale in comparison to the passion in his heart and the drive in his soul,” said Hartman. “He’s been a mentor and a friend to every participant he meets.”