Our hero for the night
Jason Gibson doesn’t feel his life is anything extraordinary.
Sure, he’s done some amazing things. He served as a combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan, searching for mines and IEDs, building bridges and supporting army operations.
Gibson also overcame the loss of both his legs, competing in a handcycle marathon, hunting and learning to live all over again.
“It’s funny,” Gibson said. “People say I’m inspirational, but a lot of people in the disabled community don’t see it. We’re just living our lives.”
While Gibson doesn’t see it, the dozens of people who listened while Gibson told his story could.
Gibson was the special guest Friday, April 14 as the Woodsfield Church of Christ hosted “Who is Your Hero?”, a special event honoring Monroe County’s military, veterans and first responders.
The event featured a patriotic feel, with music provided by Lost-n-Found and the church’s youth and a talk by inspirational speaker Brett Bohl.
But the highlight was Gibson’s tale of redemption.
He said his goal was to share how God worked in his life, and he did that by telling of his journey.
Gibson grew up in Columbus, joining the U.S. Army after he graduated from high school.
In 2007, he was deployed for the first time in Iraq.