SGT Zedrick Pitts, Reserve

Current Location:

  Birmingham, Alabama


Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)/Current Occupation:

  Student


WTU of Recovery:

  Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas


Hometown:

  Birmingham, Alabama


School(s):

  Not Specified


Events:

  Cycling, Track

Injury or Illness:

  Graves Disease


Sgt. Zedrik Veshaun Pitts enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 2006, following his father, who still serves, into the service. During a mobilization for Operation Enduring Freedom in December 2013, Sgt. Pitts was diagnosed with Grave’s disease, which is an auto-immune disorder that results in over production of thyroid hormones leaving one extremely hypertensive, weak, slow to heal, and with many other issues.

Sgt. Pitts said that the most challenging aspects of his illness was that he had suffered compound hernias in his left arm and his endurance took a turn for the worst. With help from doctors at the Fort Bliss Warrior Transition Battalion, Sgt. Pitts was able to slowly increase his endurance and used the available adaptive sports cycling program to slowly improve his strength. He hopes that the current medical support will soon stabilize his condition permanently and allow him to become an officer after he graduates for the University of Alabama. In the meantime, Sgt. Pitts plans to use adaptive sports as an alternative remedy to improve his overall well-being for his entire lifetime.

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Year Event Results
2015 DoD Warrior Games Gold Men’s 100m Dash 5.0 (Track)
Gold Men’s 200m Dash 5.0 (Track)
Gold Mixed 4x100m Relay (Track)
Gold Men’s 30km Upright C5 (Cycling)