"I WILL NOT COMPROMISE MY INTEGRITY NOR MY MORAL COURAGE REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION IN WHICH I FIND MYSELF."
Staff Sergeant (SSG) retired Timothy Payne joined the United States Army to guard America's honor after the attacks on September 11, 2001. The goal was to fight with America's Special Operation Forces to destroy her enemies wherever, whenever. The goal was met with severe opposition ranging from training injuries and last minute assignment changes. After 4 Special Operation attempts, 11 years and 3 deployments SSG Payne was severely injured while his Squad was under attack by Taliban forces in Southern Afghanistan. The attack resulted in the traumatic amputations of both his legs and severe damage to his dominate arm and hand.
After 120 surgeries, 100 blood transfusions and flat lining multiple times SSG Payne fought through medication addiction, depression and suicide, and then turning it all around into an inspiration.
He felt CHOSEN to endure it all and significantly enough his unit was known as CHOSIN! He lived by a set of Army Values Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal-Courage, spelling the acronym LDRSHIP.
The name CHOSIN (Changjin) came from the Korean War after the PLA (People Liberation Army) of China started pushing United Nations forces back to the 38th Parallel. The battle was bloody and resulted in many deaths while allied forces were cut off fleeing from the Chinese advance. The men fighting in the Chosin hell had held off the advance Chinese army securing the Allied forces retreat saving countless lives ata heavy cost. That's where they earned the name Chosin.
SSG Payne felt chosen to endure all his hardships and now spearheads adversity by sharing lessons learned to others. He touches on the personal account of medication addiction, depression and being suicidal. The Doctors told him it was the MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT to healing. This is the After Action Report!