Last September eleventh, Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell was working in the Pentagon. By his thoughts, he should be dead right now.
"About 9:30, I got up to go to the men's restroom and the plane hit," Birdwell explains. "At the time the plane hit, I was about 15 to 20 yards from the point of impact."
He considers it a miracle he was able to make it out of the building to help. Birdwell went to an emergency room, and then into Intensive Care for a long painful recovery period. "I was burned on 60-65 percent of my body. Forty percent of my body was third degree burns," Birdwell says.
Even deskbound, Brian still says he will stay with the Army, serving his country. His faith in God and country, though challenged, is still strong. "I don't think my feelings have changed, they're just more impassioned," Birdwell says, "I understand better and I have a greater passion for the dedication that every serviceman has out there.: