Alan Babin Hero Story
Alan Babin became an airborne combat medic “to help people.” He joined the Army in March of 2002 and was deployed to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Running to the aid of a fellow paratrooper, Alan suffered a gun shot wound to the abdomen. “A call for a medic had gone out and I left a covered position,” he said. “It was my job and I was there to do it.” He sustained an injury resulting in tetraplegia or paralysis of four limbs.
Due to the severity of his injury Alan will require daily care for the rest of his life. During the first seven months of his recovery, his parents, Rosie and Alan Sr., learned how to care for his wounds and the life ahead for him.
“One day a doctor came in, but couldn’t find a nurse, so we volunteered to help,” Rosie said. “We began by bathing him and changing his dressings.” Rosie pushed her plans of retirement aside and became the sole caretaker for Alan.
In addition to his family, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been there for him every step of the way. It was through Paralyzed Veterans that Alan’s family was able to find a balance to caring for Alan and securing his benefits. His national service officer (NSO) helped the Babin family through the tedious process of applying for VA benefits so he could receive them as quickly as possible.
“The fact that PVA is there and advocating on behalf of paralyzed veterans is a really good feeling,” Rosie says.
After 70 surgeries and countless infections, Alan is alive and continues daily rehabilitation. He is proud to have served his country. “If I could do it over again, I would,” he says.
During his service, Alan earned several commendations, including the Combat Medic Badge. After his injury, Alan received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star with V for Valor and a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He resides in Round Rock, Texas, with his family.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is the only veterans service organization that represents servicemen and women who are paralyzed as a result of spinal cord injury or disease.
Paralyzed Veterans is a nonprofit organization and is financed solely through donations from generous and caring Americans.
To learn how you can help our paralyzed veterans, visit www.pva.org.