13 bullets didn't stop this Army veteran from earning a degree

Elizabeth Howe
December 18, 2018 - 9:12 am

Photo courtesy of Capt. Jason Welch


More than a decade after taking 13 bullets in Iraq when he was a sergeant with the 101st Airborne Divison, Jay Strobino earned a degree from Middle Tennesee State University. 

In one-on-one combat in Iraq, Strobino took bullets to the femur, lung, and neck. 

"Yeah, it's wild," Strobino told WSMV. "It's nothing short of a miracle that I'm alive let alone standing on my own legs moving my own body."

Strobino spent a year in rehab before enrolling in classes, and his struggles didn't end after rehab. But the Daniels Veterans Center provided the support Strobino needed to succeed. 

"They're there, not just for your academic help and growth, but they're there for job opportunities and they have networks of businesses that are dying to hire veterans because they know the work ethic they bring to the table," Strobino told WSMV

Strobino earned a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in biology. According to Fox News 17, he plans to move on to a master's degree in Exercise Science — once he can process the reality of earning this first degree.

 “It's like a dream; I mean, it's not real. It doesn't feel real, it doesn't seem real in my body, in my mind,” he told Fox News 17.

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