• Army Sgt. Rick Yarosh joined the service in 2004 after being inspired to make a difference by serving his country. 1 / 9

  • In 2006, an IED was set off near the Bradley military vehicle Yarosh was in, causing a fiery explosion to engulf the tank. 2 / 9

  • Yarosh was awarded a Purple Heart for his survival and bravery and managed to maintain an upbeat attitude despite his challenges. 3 / 9

  • He had to adjust to his new normal, day by day, but kept a smile and positive outlook throughout. 4 / 9

  • These days, Yarosh has much to smile about, having married his true love. Together, they are raising their daughter. 5 / 9

  • Yarosh, who is a motivational speaker now, was awarded a Smart home from the Tunnels to Towers Foundation. 6 / 9

  • The foundation awards specially built Smart homes to veterans who have been critically wounded in service. 7 / 9

  • Each Smart home is completely customized for the recipient, making it the ideal place to heal, relax and rejuvenate. 8 / 9

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