Sgt. 1st Class Ray Castillo is still leading his fellow Rangers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord two years after losing both of his legs in attack in Mosul, Iraq.
“Just because I lost my limbs doesn’t mean I can’t give my experience and my knowledge to other guys, (but) I understood eventually I was going to be behind a desk,” Castillo, now an operations sergeant with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, told an Army writer. “There’s nothing I could’ve done about that. I still wanted to be in the military, I still wanted to contribute.”
Here’s the full story on Castillo’s recovery and drive to keep serving in the Army. He was on 10th combat deployment with the Rangers when he was injured.
“I would say it’s more frustrating than difficult,” he said. “There’s a lot of frustration that goes with having some type of new life. Everyone has a goal in life, and then when something happens, it can change.”
“You can still stay on certain career paths and other paths you want to do in your life,” he said. “It can be difficult doing those things, but it’s more frustrating. There are simple things that you have to try to overcome and adapt to.”