Taylor Urruela

Taylor Urruela has his portrait taken by veteran Stacy Pearsall.Taylor Urruela has his portrait taken by veteran Stacy Pearsall.© Stacy Pearsall
Age 28
Tampa, Florida
Sergeant, Army (Retired)

Taylor Urruela longs to be normal. The 28-year-old college junior on the GI Bill has a dream: to play on the University of Tampa junior varsity baseball team. That’s not an easy accomplishment for anyone; the University of Tampa has won six NCAA national baseball championships. But Taylor is 10 years older than his would-be teammates and he lost a leg in Iraq. The pain of training and the stress of adapting to college pose a challenge to Taylor’s journey to health.

But Taylor calls on the skills he honed in the Army infantry. He assesses the mission, adjusts the goal and succeeds in a meaningful way. 

Photo © Stacy Pearsall, Veteran's Portrait Project
Taylor’s Dream Taylor Urruela’s current dream is to play on the University of Tampa’s baseball team.

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