Meet CHS Gold Nugget Victor Medina - MRC Program Alum
A roadside bomb explosion in Iraq in 2009 left Victor L. Medina with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Despite his injuries, the Army sergeant first class proceeded to graduate with a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling from UTEP in 2014 with a 4.0 GPA.
During his recovery, Medina shared his story on tbiwarrior.com to help other soldiers and their families. The website has since evolved into the TBI Warrior Foundation, which Medina established in 2018 with the mission to improve the quality of life of veterans, civilians and children living with brain injuries and their caregivers.
Medina credits UTEP with helping him thrive as a veteran with combat wounds. He and his wife, Roxana Delgado, Ph.D., a UTEP alumna, have become advocates for TBI awareness, working to improve care and services for brain-injured service members and civilians.
“UTEP’s Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to continue to provide meaningful service to the community of people with disabilities,” said Medina, who has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Veterans Affair Committee. “My experience at UTEP broadened my vision and was very instrumental in my personal redefinition of success.”
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Photo and story courtesy of UTEP Communications
Originally published July 22, 2020 – As Good as Gold: 2020 Gold Nugget Recipients
By Christina Rodriguez