Every month we like to Salute Our Troops by recognizing individuals in our community who go the extra mile to make our community great.
Our honoree this time is someone who served in the U.S. Army. He was wounded in combat but now dedicates his time to serving other veterans through the wounded warrior project.
"I wanted to see the world,” said James Bassett. “I didn't want to grow up in a little town and just never have gone anywhere."
James says much of his family were in the military, either Navy or Marines, so naturally, he decided to join the Army. And see the world, he did, which included a deployment to the middle east for Operation Enduring Freedom. While participating in a training mission in the United Arab Emirates, he was injured.
"I have bone spurs and arthritis in a lot of my joints,” said Bassett. “Fortunately I wasn't severely hurt." There was, however, a traumatic brain injury that left him disabled, but not discouraged.
After leaving the Army, he connected with other veterans in Southern Nevada through the Wounded Warrior Project, first as a client, and now as a mentor and peer facilitator.
James’ wife, Michelle, says her husband is a special person and a wonderful father. She also adds that he survived a battle with Leukemia.
"He started going to these groups with the Wounded Warrior Project about two or three years ago, and I said, well how do you like it? And he said I'll go back,” Michelle said. “Less than a year later he was running them."
James cherished his time in the military and says he's just as happy now surrounded by fellow veterans.
"I was very fortunate to see some amazing parts of the world and meet some of the best people you'll ever get a chance to meet," James said.
We're definitely fortunate to have Ross here in Las Vegas.
If you know a military member who goes above and beyond in our community, they can be active or veteran, someone you think deserves recognition -- click here to nominate them.