My mission is to empower the pursuit of happiness. I intend to inspire others to pursue excellence in every endeavor. I will illustrate that the path to excellence is through the study and application of the virtues of hard work, humility, and passion...
I believe that the pursuit of excellence is not measured by the end result, but the character that is developed in the process. I am convinced this endeavor is the most rewarding path toward ultimate fulfillment and true happiness.
Brad is a retired US Navy EOD officer who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After a battlefield injury that resulted in complete blindness, Brad began his second career as a US Paralympian. Brad has competed at two Paralympic Games, earning five Gold medals, two Silver medals, and a World Record in all.
Brad Snyder began his professional career as an Ensign in the US Navy, having graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture. Through his distinction as the swim team captain during his final year, he earned an assignment as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer. After a period of training, Brad deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He would deploy again two years later, this time to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After six months of assault operations, Brad was severely injured by the explosion of a nearby improvised explosive device (IED).
Brad sustained complete vision loss as a result of the explosion, but did not suffer any other lasting wounds. As a part of his rehabilitation process Brad returned to the pool, and after a few months of training earned a spot on the US Paralympic National Team for swimming. At the 2012 Paralympics he competed in seven events, earning two Gold medals and one Silver medal. His victory in the 400 meter freestyle occurred on the 7th of September, 2012, which marked exactly one year from the day he suffered his vision loss.
Brad medically retired from Naval service in 2013, and three years later returned to the paralympic Games, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brad competed in five events, earning three Gold medals, one Silver medal, and broke a World Record that had stood for over thirty years.
I have gained an immense amount of insight and wisdom from my intense experiences on the battlefields of the War on Terror, and in the fields of Paralympic competition.
I aim to share as much of this insight as possible with the hopes of empowering others to pursue excellence. I believe that in doing so, they will find true happiness..