For Immediate Release

On March 26th, 2010 at  7 p.m. at the Lodge of the Ozarks in Branson, MO a decorated Iraq War veteran Jerrod Fields, who lost his leg in a heroic battle and became a champion athlete training for 2010 Paralympic Games will share his remarkable story.

Fields, 27, grew up in a Chicago neighborhood “flooded with gangs and drugs”.  His mother died of lung cancer when he was 5.  His father was shot and killed when he was 11.

Jerrod joined the Gansta Disciples but dreamed of education and sports and attended Tennessee State University for two years.  He then enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Iraq in January 2005.  A month later on reconnaissance mission in Baghdad, his ankle and foot were mutilated by a roadside bomb.  After managing to drive his four fellow soldiers back to base (this act of valor earned him a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart), Fields faced a life-changing choice in a hospital in Germany; have surgery and be discharged, or amputate and stay a soldier.

He chose amputation, and after receiving a C-shaped prosthesis, worked himself quickly into combat shape and prepared for redeployment into Iraq in 2007.  Two days before redeployment Jerrod found out he was accepted into World Class Athlete Program.  Having never run track before, Jerrod started training for Paralympics and with a year, was running 100 meters in 12 seconds flat.

“We don’t know what’s in us until we get the opportunity that pulls it out of us,” says Jerrod Fields.  He credits his unwavering faith in God for pulling him through and making him victorious over challenges.

His appearance in Branson is sponsored by World Missions Alliance of Branson West, MO and is part of an inspirational event VICTORIOUS: WMA Conference taking place March 24th – 27th, 2010 at the Lodge of the Ozarks in Branson, MO.  Other speakers include bestselling auther Mark  Batterson, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Tamrat Layne and American Idol 2010 contestant Dave Pittman from Mountain Home, AR.

The event is open to the public.  For more information call:  417-231-4131

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