Joe-Dan enlisted in March 2003 about a year-and-a-half after getting married. He turned 22 during basic training and deployed to Fallujah in Iraq on March 1, 2004. On September 17, 2004, he stepped on an IED while running to help others in his convoy.
“I remember thinking I was dead,” Joe-Dan said. “I thought, ‘all I’m missing is my leg? I got this!’ I got the tourniquet on and shot myself with morphine.”
Joseph met Semper Fi Fund case manager Lisa Killeen while recovering in Bethesda. “She means the world to me,” he says. “She’s just an incredible person with the kind of spirit and heart that reaffirms my faith in humanity. I will do anything for the Semper Fi
“The part of me that made me want to be a corpsman is the same thing that drives me today,” Joseph said, “and that’s that you’re never more complete than when you’re helping people.”
Looking ahead, Joe-Dan says he’s ready to start working again. “I want something where I can interact with people, possibly even starting my own business—something in the
medical field, or something in computers.”