Brian Mast one of 7 New Veterans Heading to Washington
Brian is a true American Hero, Purple Heart Recipient and Bronze Star Recipient. He served our country and is the kind of man we need in Congress. We are so excited he won his bid for Congress and can’t wait to support his efforts as one of 7 New Veterans heading to Washington.
About American Hero Brian Mast
According to Brian, “Serving my country is all I ever really wanted to do. It runs in my blood from my father to my uncles. My wife Brianna and I pray that one day our children
His parents, James Mast & Timoxena Trujillo, always instilled in Brian a strong work ethic and a deeply rooted patriotism. They showed him how long held American values have made our country great and can bring success in every endeavor he has the courage to undertake.
After graduating from South Christian High School in 1999, Brian followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Army. There he enjoyed service for over 12 years. However, as much as he loved being a soldier, he always knew pleasure was never its intent. During his military service, he had the honor of serving under the elite Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as a bomb disposal expert. This meant that life was always dangerous and very often deadly.
Working under JSOC meant fighting at the tip of the spear in the ongoing war against radical Islamic terrorism. Being a bomb technician in this high level of special operations came with a great responsibility. Brian’s task was protecting his fellow soldiers from the war’s most deadly weapon, the improvised explosive device (IED). This meant placing himself directly in the line of fire on each and every mission.
While he was able to detect and destroy most of these IED’s, the very last IED Brian found resulted in sustained catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs. During this time in service Brian was awarded medals for valor, merit, and sacrifice, to include The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Brian stated, “I believe in my heart that the trials we each face have little importance compared to what we do in response to each challenge that we face. We as Americans do not curl up into a corner and quit when life gets tough. We own our challenges. We use those challenges as the tool to make us the strongest we have ever been. I believe it is that kind of people we must never cease to be.”
As a result, when Brian awoke after injury in Walter Reed Army Medical Center his focus was singular: get better, get back to work, and get back to serving America. Brian decided he was not going to let the best defense he had given our country be in his past. Each day thereafter consisted of 8 grueling hours of physical therapy. In addition to recovery and his ongoing military duties, he would also provide my requested expertise to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF).
Following retirement from the Army, Brian continued his work in counter terrorism and national defense as an Explosive Specialist under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Brian also carried forward in life the standard that whatever cause he believes in, he will not just support in word, but will support with the work of his hands. For this reason, in 2015, Brian volunteered to serve alongside the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to show support for the freedom Israel represents throughout the Middle East and the world.
Brian was proud to pledge his life in defense of our country. That is a commitment which will always live inside of him. Brian will be humbled and honored to fight for you as your next Congressman from Florida’s 18th congressional district. Brian has promised that he will serve you in Congress as he did on the battlefield: without regard for personal gain or personal sacrifice.
We thank Brian and others for their service to the United States and are truly honored to support Brian and other Veterans in their desire to serve in Politics and transition from Military to Career.
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