Ranger Cory Remsburg is embracing all of the Fighting Irish pride as he prepares for his first, ever Notre Dame football game Saturday.
Cory's life changed forever 3 years ago, after he was seriously wounded during an army operation in Afghanistan.
At the time of the explosion in October of 2009, Remsburg was a Staff Sergeant in the 1st Batallion 75th Ranger Regiment. Cory was on his 10th combat rotation when he and his squad encountered the explosion.
Today, Cory lives in Los Angeles at an in-patient transitional living center. The therapy has an emphasis on becoming "independent," which Cory says is his ultimate goal. Over the past 3 years, Cory has had over 30 surgeries. He still uses a wheelchair, but has had to learn to walk and talk all over again.
One of Cory's dreams has been to attend a Notre Dame football game. Cory has family that attended the university, but he also was truly inspired by the Movie Rudy. He says he faced similar challenges in making a come-back in life.
The Joshua Chamberlain Society and a Wounded Warriors charity in St. Louis made Cory's dream come true by providing him transportation from California, and a ticket to Saturday's game against Stanford. Friday, Cory toured the ND campus, met with head coach Brian Kelly, and received blue and gold memorabilia to take back home.
Cory will be accompanied to the game by his father. Both he and his dad agree, the trip has been a motivational experience. Craig Remsburg says, "It's very heartwarming to see the receptiveness of individuals, of organizations that continue to remember the military, to remember people who are still fighting and those who are coming home who are injured, that there are still programs and there are still people who care. And that compassion goes a long way."
Craig says Cory's trip is truly a sign of his determination to be independent again.