Braxton McCoy, born July 23, 1985, in Murray, Utah. Moved to Scipio, Utah when he was 14. Mother & Step father: Todd & Lauri Mathews, he has 1 brother & 3 sisters. He is also a father to a 16 month old little girl Aiden. He is recently divorced. Braxton joined the National Guard when he was a senior at Millard High School. From the time he was a young boy, he always wanted to be a soldier.
Braxton planned on going into 31 Uniform Special Forces & make a career out of the military. That all changed January 4, 2006. He was at the Glass Factory in Ramadi, Iraq when a suicide bomber changed his life. Braxton suffered bi-lateral femur fractures, a mangled hand, a broken arm & had approx. 58 holes in him where the ball bearings entered his body. He also suffered hearing loss & a brain injury.We were not sure if Braxton would ever walk unassisted again. He spent 3.5 months in Walter Reed Medical Center, before returning home to Scipio.
He is a tough kid, in high school he wrestled all 4 years, making it to the state championship. He played baseball & enjoyed riding horses, riding his motorcycle, hunting & fishing. A lot of these things he can no longer do.
On December 7th (coincidental with Pearl Harbor Day) the SCI Utah Chapter held our 5th Annual Buffalo Hunt on a ranch near Grantsville, Utah with the assistance of Mark May (private residence). Also referred to as the "Wounded Warrior" program, this year's recipient was Sgt. Braxton McCoy.
Sgt. Braxton McCoy and his trophy buffalo
SCI Utah Chapter Board members, Braxton McCoy and family members along with Mike Rogers of SCI's Award Winning TV series Expedition Safari at our 2009 Buffalo Hunt. The hunt was extremely successful and two large mature bulls were harvested.
The assembled group.
Many thanks to our partners, including Clay Meier for their fantastic meat processing services. Along with this, includes the continued SCI contributions and donations throughout the year, to make this and all other efforts toward the Humanitarian Projects, a successful and charitable event.