PHOENIX — Michael Bryan joined the Marines in 2005 and was once deployed to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan to serve his country with pride and honor.
“That was probably the proudest time for him, the happiest he’s ever been, he loved being a Marine, he’s a Marine for life,” said Michelle Bryan, Michael's wife.
Michelle says there were certainly sleepless nights. Stories of battles and close calls for nearly eight years.
“He’s been hit by IED’s, been through many fire fights and for him to come back and have this happen to him it’s absolutely insane,” said Michelle.
Michael made it home, took a job delivering cement while he continued his education in Arizona.
On December 23 despite surviving war, he’s now fighting for survival after a horrific car accident.
“He was going twice the speed of that area which is a forty-five mile per hour zone,” said Michelle.
Michelle says a driver going around ninety miles an hour ran a red light t-boning Michael at 43rd Avenue and Buckeye.
Michael sustained massive injuries and remains in the hospital.
The other driver didn’t survive.
“I was crushed, I was completely heart broken, it was awful just seeing him laying there,” said Michelle of seeing the man she describes as her gladiator in a hospital bed.
Michael broke both his legs, his arm, collapsed both his lungs and had internal bleeding. He's had multiple surgeries already but has yet to wake up from a medically induced coma.
His family is now asking for help to keep them afloat during his extensive recovery.
"He was the sole provider for our family, he has insurance through work and the military but our bills will begin piling up quickly with no way to pay them," said Michelle. “He’s the best thing that’s ever happen to me, the love of my life, so generous, he’d do anything for anyone.”
As their Christmas presents remain unwrapped, decorations untouched inside their home.
They now hope that spirit of dedication to others Michael committed so many of year of his life to, is rewarded with a kindness every member of our military deserves.
ABC15 reached out to a number of veterans organizations in an attempt to get Michael and his wife extra support during this trying time. If you’d like to help with their continued medical expenses and other bills click here for their GoFundMe.