The Wounded Warrior Project is marking its tenth anniversary with a new documentary series called Wounded: The Battle Back Home. Episode #3 is called "Bill 'Big Sarge' Hansen" and follows the Iraq War veteran as he recovers from injuries he sustained in February 2009 when his convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) while patrolling in Iraq.
Despite the severity of the incident, Hansen was soon back at work diffusing IEDs. It wasn’t until he was discharged months later that doctors diagnosed Hansen with fractured vertebrae and a traumatic brain injury (TMI). The powerful painkillers prescribed by Hansen’s doctors left him sedentary, depressed, and triggered nearly 100 pounds of weight gain. Hansen eventually found his motivation after enlisting in a Wounded Warrior Project cycling event and “Tough Mudder” challenge. Wounded: The Battle Back Home shares Hansen’s harrowing war story and follows his journey to recovery as he becomes a peer mentor through Wounded Warrior Project and starts a mobile CrossFit gym aimed at providing personalized training to wounded veterans. The series captures Hansen as he trains a group of men and women to conquer a grueling obstacle course, fueling his sense of purpose in his post-war life.
Wounded: The Battle Back Home (Bill ‘Big Sarge’ Hansen) airs Sunday, January 26 at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT as part of “Taking the Hill” on MSNBC.