Garry Trudeau has been recognized by the Pentagon for using his character B.D. to bring attention to servicemen and women who have been injured during active service.
Trudeau said he decided to take B.D., a former football star, and have him receive a life-altering injury because he wanted to dramatize the kind of sacrifices troops are making in a very direct way.
Since his initial injury, caused when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his Humvee just outside Fallujah in April 2004, B.D. has endured the long road to recovery in a way that’s inspiring, insightful and even humorous.
“There’s a twisted part of my brain that squeezes humor out of anything,” Trudeau said of his ability to inject humor into some of the life’s most difficult circumstances.