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Vol State Family: Kody Sharman

Kody Sharman Vol State studentLife throws challenges at all of us. Some are big and some are small. Others are life changing. Kody Sharman of Gallatin spent 10 years in the Marines. He served in the 7th Engineer Support Battalion and also as a recruiter. But perhaps his biggest challenge started on Highway 386 while riding a motorcycle.  A crash left him in critical condition.

“I had a brain injury,” he said. “I’m missing muscles.”

It certainly changed his career track.

“I joined the Marine Corps when I was 17 years-old. My plan was to do 20-30 years and retire as a Marine. After the accident, I medically retired. I decided to go back to school and become a physical therapist assistant.”

It’s probably not hard to figure out how he came to that career path. Many people who go into the medical field do so after experiencing healthcare up close and personal.

“Physical therapy is the reason I can walk. I went through a lot of physical therapy, at least six months and that was after three months in the hospital. I want to be able to give back with physical therapy.”

The challenge for Kody is now college, and like his medical challenges, he has help along the way.

“College has its moments of being very complicated. But people like Ken Hanson (Vol State Veterans Affairs coordinator) walk you step by step through it. It makes a transition that would be been very difficult, much easier.”

For more information on Veterans Affairs at Vol State visit www.volstate.edu/veterans