Advisory Member

Master Sergeant Roger Sparks U.S. Marine Corps & U.S. Air Force Pararescueman

Roger served within the military as both a Recon Marine and an Air Force Pararescueman for over 25 years. On November 14th, 2010, Roger’s life changed forever. His Silver Star citation states: “Despite continued enemy fire and with no concern for his personal safety, during Operation Bulldog Bite, Roger immediately performed lifesaving measures for nine wounded soldiers. He feverishly triaged chest wounds, punctured lungs, shattered hips, fist-sized blast holes and arterial bleeders with limited supplies and only the light of the moon.” Roger returned home with deep wounds of his own. Roger struggled with post-traumatic, during which he turned to tattooing. “I couldn’t shake the catharsis of it.” The obsession took on greater meaning as he began tattooing fellow veterans. He is currently transitioning from a career of special operations into the civilian world as an artist, author and speaker. His military records indicate that Roger has saved over 300 lives.

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