Douglas H Kinard Jr joined the US Army in November of 1989, and retired in September of 2010. He served in Iraq from July 2004 to October 2005. On March 15, 2005, Douglas Kinard’s unit was hit by an IED. Kinard, was unconscious for 3 days at BIAP (Baghdad International Airport) in a make-shift medical tent. After waking, Kinard was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, and Hearing Loss. Once returning home to the US, Kinard was diagnosed with an additional 2 pages of injuries to include: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar neuritis & radiculopathy; degenerative disc disease; TBI migraines and short term memory loss.
Kinard married his wife Britnee in 2010, and they now have two boys (Blayne – age 5 and Maks – age 3). Kinard also has a service dog named Gunner. Gunner joined the Kinard family in June 2013, and serves as Kinard’s mobility service animal.
Kinard’s awards/medals include: Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Multiple Army Commendation Medals, Global War on Terrorism, and Operation Iraqi Freedom