AMRPA hosts Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg at Fall Conference & Expo
War hero to tell inspiring story of rehabilitation and recovery as Patient Perspective Speaker
(WASHINGTON – September 18, 2019) – The American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) is honored that Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg will speak at its 2019 Fall Educational Conference & Expo, October 14-16, in San Diego, accompanied by his father, Craig Remsburg. A decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Remsburg is AMRPA’s 2019 Patient Perspective Speaker, a platform given to those whose lives were changed by medical rehabilitation to share their inspirational journeys of recovery.
Remsburg enlisted in the army at the age of 18, fulfilling his childhood dream of serving his country and extending the already long line of military service in his family. That dream turned into a mission when he became an Army Ranger and was subsequently deployed 10 times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Before his 10th deployment, he participated in the 65th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, where he met President Barack Obama. Remsburg later received a standing ovation when President Obama told Remsburg’s story during the 2014 State of the Union address.
“My life changed dramatically when the President told my story. In my opinion, I had two options at that point in life: go under the radar and continue life as is, or use this moment to champion the cause of helping others battle through adversity,” he said.
On Remsburg’s 10th deployment, four months after the first of seven meetings with Obama to occur in the following years, he was caught in the explosion of an enemy improvised explosive device (IED) and sustained severe, life-threatening injuries. After receiving immediate medical attention abroad, he was transferred to the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for continued care. Through medical rehabilitation, he has made remarkable progress, taking up archery, rowing and cycling, and medaling earlier this year at the Valor Games Far West in California and the 10th Annual Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa.
Remsburg’s miraculous recovery and the connections he has made in the process have given him a channel through which he advocates strongly for medical rehabilitation. He explained, “Participating in the AMRPA Fall Conference by sharing my story of rehabilitation furthers my number one goal: giving back to those that have helped me and encouraging others to keep pushing on.”
“Being part of organizations like AMRPA, where rehabilitation professionals are doing their best work every day for people like me, is a true honor. I look forward to this educational opportunity, where I will share my story of recovery and rehabilitation with those professionals that played such a key role in my progress.”
Remsburg will deliver his speech with his father, Craig Remsburg, on the first day of AMRPA’s Fall Educational Conference & Expo. To be in attendance and hear his story, visit the AMRPA website and reserve your spot at the conference.
To learn more about Remsburg, view his website and read the article that was included in the August edition of AMRPA Magazine.