Spencer Milo is a medically retired, post-9/11 U.S. Army combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. An Airborne Infantryman who was recognized as an exceptional leader in combat, Spencer held a number of command and control roles in military assignments that spanned the United States, Europe and Asia, in addition to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
In January 2011, Spencer was on combat patrol in Spin Boldak, a district in Kandahar Province. That’s when an Afghan boy, who stood just feet away from Spencer, detonated himself as a suicide bomber. Thrown 15- 20 feet by the blast, he charged back into the smoke to find his wounded platoon buddy and drag him to safety. Among his injuries: small amounts of shrapnel to his left side and his face; injuries to his spine; hearing loss; Post Traumatic Stress; and, Traumatic Brain Injury.
Spencer was returned to the states for medical treatment at Fort Bragg and, after 6 months, he was transferred to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed Bethesda, where he underwent four weeks of intensive treatments. Spencer was medically retired as a result of his injuries.
Today, he lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he continues to serve the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces as the Director of Veteran Programs, Communication and Strategic Development for the Marcus Institute for Brain Health, a medical institute focused on serving Military Veterans and retired elite athletes with primarily mild to moderate brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety. Spencer works tirelessly day in and day out to assist veterans who have sustained injuries similar to his own. Spencer also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund as an Honorary Co-Chair. His work with veteran service organizations also includes: The George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative (MSI); Warrior Canine Connection; Parker’s Platoon; and, Team Red, White and Blue.