Durham native and 27-year-old Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Budd had a brain tumor removed in October. Deaf in one ear and with partial facial paralysis, Budd is a proud member of the Wounded Warriors Battalion West. He also recently competed in the Marine Corps Trials in archery. He told reporter Keith Upchurch that he hopes his score is among the best, which will lead to a trip to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in September.
Budd says his time as a Marine will always remain a part of him, in the best possible ways: “It’s helped me understand and work with people better, and to emphasize peace and kindness. It’s been the greatest experience of my life.”
We look forward to having this week’s Grit Award winner return home to Durham to join his wife and 5-year-old when he leaves the Marines.