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Danielle Green-Byrd WOUNDED WARRIORS

A former NCAA Division-1 athlete and army veteran, Danielle Green-Byrd has never been one to take a back seat in life. The Chicago native used this attitude to get through the toughest moments of her life.

After graduating from Notre Dame as an accomplished basketball player and teaching at the Chicago International Charter School, Green-Byrd decided to enlist in the army. By 2004, she was serving in Baghdad with the 571st Military Police Company.

On a day Green-Byrd described as one of the hottest she can remember, she was guard- ing the rooftop of an Iraqi police station. It was there that Green-Byrd was hit with what she believes to be the tail end of an RPG on her left side. After coming out of shock, Green-Byrd described the had incredible pain coming from her left arm and thigh. As she lay there “waiting to die” those around her did everything to help save their fellow soldier. After her injuries were stabilized she was transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where she received treatment. Green-Byrd would lose her left arm below the elbow along with injuries to her left thigh and scars across her face.

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While Guarding the rooftop of an Iraqi police station,

Green-Byrd was hit with what she believes to be the tail end of an RPG on her left side.

Despite her serious injuries, Green-Byrd wouldn’t slow down. With the support of fam- ily and friends she agreed to take part in the Hope and Possibility race in New York, just four months after her injury. Finishing the race, along with 2,000 other wounded veterans, was the highlight of her recovery.

However, the event only marked the beginning for Green-Byrd, who has been running ever since. The extremely goal oriented war veteran already had her next goal in mind when she returned to Chicago in 2004. Continuing her education, she graduated with a master’s degree in school counseling. She began working for the Chicago Board of Education (sports department) while working on her master’s in educational leadership.

With each goal accomplished, a new one is created for Green-Byrd.

“I’m a work in progress,” she says. “So I’m not going to say running a marathon would be my biggest goal because it’s not. It’s about doing what’s right for myself and doing good things for others.”


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