A Navy SEAL who was shot 27 times and still managed to pull out his handgun and kill two enemy fighters is now training to run a half-Ironman triathlon in honor of his fellow veterans.
Mike Day is representing Dallas-based Carrick Brain Centers, where he was treated for PTSD eight years after he survived a gunfight while serving in Iraq.
In 2007 Day was hit 27 times by enemy fire after he was the first of his SEAL team to enter a room where four enemy fighters were waiting and quickly shot the rifle out of his hand.
Day managed to kill two enemy fighters with his pistol before he was knocked unconscious by a grenade that exploded less than 10-feet away from him.
Eleven shots hit Day’s body armor while the other 16 wounded him, according to WTKR.
When Day woke up a minute later in the midst of a firefight, he grabbed his handgun and shot down two enemy fighters before the gunfire ceased.
The tough SEAL then got up and walked himself to the medical helicopter.
Day described the extent of his numerous injuries on his half-Ironman fundraiser page, writing that he was shot in both legs and arms, as well as the buttocks and scrotum.
He said a shot to his abdomen also left him with a colostomy bag for a year, and his left thumb was almost amputated.
Day’s ribs were also fractured and he suffered contusions to his lungs after his body armor was hit so many times, but the bullets missed all his vital organs.
‘This was a single gunfight at an ordinary day at the office,’ he wrote on the page.
After spending 16 days in the hospital, where he lost 55 pounds, Day was discharged and awarded the Purple Heart.
Day, who has spent 20 years in the SEALS, has also won the Silver and Bronze Star.
But Day said his life’s mission is not about him but to ‘care for and lead my wounded brothers and sisters’.
Day has raised $68,585 of his $75,000 goal for the center, which specializes in working with wounded warriors as well as children with severe brain injuries.
He will run participate in the half-Ironman, a 70 mile triathlon, in Florida next month.
On April 12, 2015 I will compete in the Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Florida to raise funds for the care and treatment of wounded warriors and dependent children who have suffered sever brain injuries. The funds will provide customized treatment programs to individuals at the Brain Treatment Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization in Texas.
My Story: I served over 21 years as a United States Navy SEAL. On my last deployment to Iraq I was severely wounded in April of 2007. Upon entering a 12 x 12 foot room, I was shot twenty-seven times at close range and received shrapnel wounds from a grenade. I was shot in both legs, both arms, my left thumb was almost amputated, I was shot in the abdomen and had a colostomy bag for a year, my right scapula was shattered, I was shot twice in the buttocks, once in the scrotum and my body armor was hit multiple times which caused fractured ribs and contusions on my lungs. This was a single gunfight at an ordinary day at the office. I was there and don’t believe it happened. I walked out of that house on my own two legs to the MEDIVAC helicopter and was transported to National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, via Baghdad and Landstuhl, Germany. My survival was an absolute miracle! I am a miracle and was saved to do greater things!
My life’s mission now not about me. Rather, it is to care for and lead my wounded brothers and sisters. My fellow warriors deserve the best available treatment for their injuries. The Brain Treatment Foundation is the non-profit division of The Carrick Brain Treatment Center, an organization that delivers state-of-the-art customized treatment programs to individuals suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and other neurological issues. I have personally seen the results of their work and am confident that they will continue to change lives.
Thank you in advance for your support, I am grateful.
PS. If you would like make an “offline” donation by sending a check please email me at; firstname.lastname@example.org
Checks can be made payable to the:
Brain Treatment Foundation