Army veteran who was shot over 10 times in Iraq graduates from college

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An Army veteran who was shot more than 10 times while deployed in Iraq walked across the stage as he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday. 

“It’s like a dream,” Jay Strobino told Fox 17 Nashville. “I mean, it’s not real. It doesn’t feel real, it doesn’t seem real in my body, in my mind.”

{mosads}The news outlet noted that Strobino received a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Biology from MTSU. 

He received the diploma more than a decade after he was shot 13 times while serving as a sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division during a mission in Iraq. 

Bullets hit Strobino in the femur, lung and one went straight through his neck, according to NBC 4, a local news affiliate.

He underwent more than a year of rehab for his injuries before enrolling at MTSU. 

Strobino noted that he faced some difficulties in his effort to graduate. But he said that he was able to get the help he needed from Daniels Veterans Center, a place that assists veterans moving from the military to college. 

“They’re there, not just for your academic help and growth, but they’re there for job opportunities and they have networks of businesses that are dying to hire veterans because they know the work ethic they bring to the table,” Strobino told NBC 4. 

Strobino told NBC 4 that he wants to use his new degree to assist fellow veterans. He also said he is considering pursuing a masters degree at MTSU. 


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