MAJ Raymond O'Donnell, Active Duty

Current Location:

  Hawaii


Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)/Current Occupation:

  11A (Infantry Officer)


WTU of Recovery:

  Tripler Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion


Hometown:

  Mililani, Hawaii


School(s):

  University of Hawaii


Events:

  Swimming

Injury or Illness:

  Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Damage To Face, Femur, Hips, Pelvis and Spinal Cord


In 2007 Maj. Ray O’Donnell sustained multiple injuries when ejected from his Humvee, while serving on an advisory team in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition to other injuries, he sustained a traumatic brain injury, damage to his face, femur, hips, pelvis and spinal cord. “I was essentially broken in some way from head to toe,” O’Donnell said in a 2008 interview.

During his recovery, O’Donnell spent eight months as an inpatient, with stints at Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center and the James A. Haley Veterans Administration. He then spent an additional 14 months as an outpatient at the Center for the Intrepid and Tripler Army Medical Center, before returning to the force with 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. There he commanded 2nd Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Company deploying them to Iraq, in support of Operation New Dawn.

He has since served at the Warrior Transition Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as executive officer and now works as an operations officer at Pacific Regional Medical Command.

“I believe sports and competition are so important in the recovery process and in the ‘rehab for life’ philosophy,” said O’Donnell, who stays active by swimming. After earning five gold medals in swimming at the 2014 Army Warrior Trials, O’Donnell is primed to take on the other services at the 2014 Warrior Games.

After earning five gold medals in swimming at the 2014 Army Warrior Trials, O’Donnell is primed to take on the other services at the 2014 Warrior Games.

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Year Event Results

2014

Warrior Games Gold 50mfree (Swimming)
Silver 100mfree (Swimming)
Gold 50mback (Swimming)
Silver 50mBreast (Swimming)
Silver Relays (Swimming)