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Military veteran Brian Conwell of Charlotte survived the dangers of serving overseas only to lose part of his left leg after returning home. He had to adjust to a new way of and coping with his disabilities.

Conwell served his country far from home. He traveled Europe and served in the Iraq War. It was a way of life that he loved. Conwell explained, “My grandpa was retired Navy. So I’ve always had that military bug in my ear.”

10 years ago, while on active duty, Conwell left Fort Riley in Kansas on a on freezing cold day. He went out to get lunch for his buddies “I was going down Trooper Drive, hit black ice in the middle of the lunch rush and went off a 150 foot ravine. It Crushed both my legs.”

He lost his left leg up to his knee cap. He can’t feel his right foot. “So the brace that I wear on my right leg actually helps me with balance.”

Depression took over. Conwell said, “On top of, you know, my PTSD from military, sent me down a spiraling circle for quite a while.”

After 6 years of what he called “self-pity”, Conwell got out of his wheel chair and became known as Brian “BIG COUNTRY” Conwell.

After 6 years of what he called “self-pity”, Conwell got out of his wheel chair and became known as Brian “BIG COUNTRY” Conwell.

He learned how to walk again. It was his life lesson. He learned, “If you work hard enough and believe in yourself, you can make it happen. Like my shirt says,” explained Conwell, referring to his tailor-made tank top with a slogan, “My disabilities are my superpowers. They actually pushed me to be better both inside and out.”

He began competing in adaptive sports, like discus, wheel chair basketball and other sports. Conwell’s “ink” or tattoos, help him tell his story of overcoming mental and physical obstacles.

Conwell said, “I had ‘soldier’ tatooed on my knuckles and a hash-tag to always be a reminder of where I’ve come from.”

After 6 years of what he called “self-pity”, Conwell got out of his wheel chair and became known as Brian “BIG COUNTRY” Conwell.

One of his favorites is a tattoo on his right wrist. “It’s the United States Flag coming out from underneath the skin. The warrior ethos means very much on not ever giving up, not quitting.” That’s his message for anyone living with physical disabilities or depression.  His life is his testimony. “My disabilities have made my life absolutely amazing,” said Conwell.

Brian Conwell is now 44 years old. He plays for the “Roland Hornets”, Charlotte’s professional wheelchair basketball team.

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