When Dan Moran returned from Iraq in 2006, politics was the furthest thing from his mind.
Moran, a Marine, barely survived a roadside IED blast that left half of his body covered in third-degree burns and disfigured his face. He also suffered a concussion and lost his spleen. He spent three and half weeks in a coma and two-and-a-half years in rehab.
Born and raised in Houston, Moran recovered at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The healing process was grueling, he said, both physically and mentally.
“I asked myself, ‘Was it worth it?’” Moran