We are The Earl family. I served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2008.
My wife, Krystal, is the most amazing mother to our two - soon to be three, in October - children. Their names are Aubrey, 3, and Chloe, 7 months.
We are the typical American family that has had to deal with the unexpected.
In October 2006, I was injured when a roadside bomb exploded underneath the humvee that I was driving.
As a result of my injuries, my right hand had to be amputated. I also suffered burns to my right arm and leg, and shrapnel in my right eye.
Another example of the unexpected: our daughter Aubrey started having seizures when she was a month old. Over the course of a year – and lots of tests and sleepless nights – she was diagnosed with a genetic duplication. She is severely delayed and there is no guess as to when when she will begin to hit milestones such as walking and talking, because she is the only case her doctors have found with her duplication.
I am a stay at home dad and every day is a blessing to be able to spend as much time as possible with my kids. My wife currently works at Subway and will go back to college after our third child is born.
I am now a member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and our goal is to show people that even though we are missing limbs that anything is possible through hard work.