Sgt Brian Keith Roberts
Veteran & Vaper
SGT Brian Keith Roberts is father of three, stepfather to three, and grandfather to four with two more on the way. He’s also decorated army veteran, having received the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Iraq Campaign Medal With Two Campaign Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal W/2 Campaign Stars, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Medic Badge (2nd Award). Brian also has two brothers. Bret, a retired chief of police in Republic Washington and Brady, who works for the State Department.
After watching 9/11 live on television while working at a hospital, he made a decision to change his life. He lost weight specifically to join the Army, enlisting at the age of 30 and served America with the 1st Brigade 2nd Infantry Division from , with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Stationed to the 1st Brigade 1st Armored Div. 1-36, he served in Iraq from 2006-2007.
Brian was transferred to Ft. Lewis WA from 2007-2012 attached to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. In July 2009, Brian began a deployment in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. Following a relocation to Camp Price in Helmand Province to the west, Brian’s division assisted the Marine Corps with operation “Marjah Push” from January-February 2010.
On March 22, 2010, Brian’s medical Stryker vehicle was destroyed by an IED. His helmet was blown off, resulting head trauma, an open pilon compound fracture of the bones in his leg and a factures of his T10-T11 vertebrae. His pelvis was shattered, and the nerves on his left side were damaged, resulting in muscle atrophy. After 3 failed surgeries, his left leg was amputated below the knee three years after his injuries were sustained.
To date, Brian has undergone more than 40 surgeries and has been diagnosed with neurogenic bowel and bladder, PTSD and trauma-induced diabetes.
Brian first started using e-cigarettes approximately 3 years ago.