Ssgt Jose L. Sanchez is a retired Marine who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2011. While conducting a ground patrol with allied forces, Ssgt Sanchez stepped on an I.E.D resulting in his left leg amputation and a limb salvaged right leg. After years of battling his own adversities, his goal now is to motivate and inspire others to rise above their own hardships.
Daniel Edwards was born in Gary, Indiana on December of 1983. he enlisted into the Marine Corps September 19, 2003 out of Jackson, michigan and graduated recruit training at Marine Corps recruiting Depot San Diego on April 16, 2004. Upon graduation, he attended infantry training Battalion at school of infantry west.
After completion of infantry training Battalion he was assigned it to 1st Battalion 5th Marines 1st first Marine division in camp Pendleton, California. During this time he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal, participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Ar Ramadi, and served as a team leader in 2005. During this time he was responsible for the training and well-being of three infantry marines and one navy corpsman. While in this billet he attended and graduated fire team leader course with a 98.2% GPA.
He was then promoted to the rank of corporal and deployed as an infantry squad leader while on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. He was then promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2007 and deployed on the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to Kuwait. In August 2008, he was assigned to Weapons and Field Training battalion MCRD West, 1st Marine Division and assumed the billet of squad leader in field training company. While at this duty station he attended and graduated the formal schools instructors course, combat marksmanship course, Marine Corps martial arts instructors course, and infantry squad leaders course where he graduated with a 94.7% GPA.
October 2011, Sergeant Edwards was assigned to Recruiting Station Chicago as an enlisted canvassing recruiter and officer selection assistance recruiter where his recruiting substation earned Office of the Year for 2012 and 2013 fiscal year. During December 2013, Sergeant Edwards was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant and received orders to the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines, assuming the role of Combined Arms And tactics Platoon Sergeant in September 2014.
In September 2016, Sergeant Edwards was Honorably discharged from the Marine Corps after years of faithful service to his country. He currently resides in San Antonio Texas, with his wife Samantha and three children.
(Additional positions held)
-Body Composition Program Staff Non-Commissioned officer in Charge (The Body Composition Program is designed to assist those select few Marines in maintaining the height and weight standards of the Marine Corps.
-Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor (Black Belt Instructor)
In 2011 I weighed 360 lbs, made the decision to lose the weight. With the help of my friend and his fam I was put on a strict diet and exercise routine and for the next 8 months I was able to lose 10 lbs a month. That dedication pushed me, fueled me to continue down that path. I became a personal trainer by June of 2015 and stayed the course to this day.
In 2017 being apart of the RAH team/fam I accomplished the Spartan Sprint, became an instructor at RAH, and cycled the Marine Corp Marathon which was the first marathon I had ever done!