Nick is an active duty member of The United States Army Special Forces. Commonly known as Green Berets, the Special Forces perform critical missions including direct action, counterinsurgency, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, and unconventional warfare. In 2013, on Nick's second combat rotation to Afghanistan, he and his Detachment fell victim to an insider attack ultimately resulting in the loss of his leg.
Following a year of surgeries and initial recovery including the use of a prosthetic at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, he returned to his unit. Refusing a military medical retirement, Nick set his sights on returning to operational status. In 2015, at the conclusion of a challenging, comprehensive assessment designed to evaluate Nick's abilities to operate, he returned to his Detachment and was subsequently deployed once again to Afghanistan conducting full spectrum combat operations. Nick is considered the first Green Beret to return to combat as an above the knee amputee.
ʙᴏʀɴ ɪɴ ᴠɪᴇᴛɴᴀᴍ, ᴛᴜ ʟᴀᴍ ᴀɴᴅ ʜɪꜱ ꜰᴀᴍɪʟʏ ɪᴍᴍɪɢʀᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇᴜɴɪᴛᴇᴅ ꜱᴛᴀᴛᴇꜱ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ʜᴇ ɢʀᴇᴡ ᴜᴘ ɪɴ ꜰᴀʏᴇᴛᴛᴇᴠɪʟʟᴇ, ɴᴄ. ʜᴀᴠɪɴɢ ɢʀᴏᴡɴ ᴜᴘ ꜰᴀɪʀʟʏ ᴘᴏᴏʀ, ᴛᴜ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʟᴀᴛᴇʀ ᴊᴏɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜꜱ ᴀʀᴍʏ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ʜᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ꜱᴇʀᴠᴇ ꜰᴏʀ 23 ʏᴇᴀʀꜱ ɪɴ ꜱᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟ ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴꜱ, ᴜʟᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇʟʏ ᴄʟɪᴍʙɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴀᴅᴅᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴀ ᴍᴇᴍʙᴇʀ ᴏꜰ 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴏꜱᴛ ʀᴇʟᴇᴠᴀɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ꜱᴇᴄʀᴇᴛ ꜱᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟ ᴍɪꜱꜱɪᴏɴꜱ ᴜɴɪᴛs ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜꜱ ᴀʀꜱᴇɴᴀʟ.
ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ʜɪꜱ ᴍɪʟɪᴛᴀʀʏ ᴄᴀʀᴇᴇʀ ᴛᴜ ᴅᴇᴘʟᴏʏᴇᴅ ᴍᴜʟᴛɪᴘʟᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇꜱ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇᴀᴛᴇʀꜱ ᴏꜰ ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴄᴏᴍʙᴀᴛᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴏɴ ᴛᴇʀʀᴏʀ.
ꜰᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʜɪꜱ ᴅɪꜱᴛɪɴɢᴜɪꜱʜᴇᴅ ꜱᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴇ, ᴛᴜ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴍᴇ ᴋɴᴏᴡɴ ᴀꜱ ᴀ “ʀᴏɴɪɴ” ᴏʀ “ᴍᴀꜱᴛᴇʀʟᴇꜱꜱ ᴡᴀʀʀɪᴏʀ” ᴡʜᴏ ᴄᴏɴᴛɪɴᴜᴇꜱ ᴛᴏ ᴛʀᴀᴠᴇʟ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ɪɴ ᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇ ᴠᴀʟᴜᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛʀᴀɪɴɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ʟᴀᴡ ᴇɴꜰᴏʀᴄᴇᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴏꜰꜰɪᴄᴇʀꜱ ᴀꜱ ᴡᴇʟʟ ᴀꜱ ᴍᴇᴍʙᴇʀꜱ ᴏꜰ ᴏᴜʀ ᴜꜱ ᴍɪʟɪᴛᴀʀʏ ᴡʜᴏ ᴄᴏᴍʙᴀᴛ ᴇᴠɪʟ ᴏɴ ᴀ ᴅᴀɪʟʏ ʙᴀꜱɪꜱ.
ᴛᴜ ɪꜱ ᴀ ꜱᴏꜰᴛ ꜱᴘᴏᴋᴇɴ ᴡᴀʀʀɪᴏʀ ᴡʜᴏᴍ ɪꜱ ᴜʟᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇʟʏ ᴀꜱ ʟᴇᴛʜᴀʟ ᴀꜱ ʜᴇ ɪꜱ ᴋɪɴᴅ.