Sgt. Julian Torres joined the Marine Corps from his hometown of Modesto, California in 2007, and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. He was assigned to Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor and subsequently to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a machine gun squad leader with the ‘Never to Quit Battalion’: 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. In 2010 he deployed to Marjah, located in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. A month later, Julian was seriously injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which changed his life forever.
On the Morning of July 15, 2010, Sgt. Julian Torres stepped on an IED and was medically evacuated off the battlefield. He trickled through different combat medical facilities and finally checked in to his primary medical rehab center, the Wounded Warrior Battalion – West, Detachment San Diego, in September 2010. Over the next five years, while continuing to overcome the loss of both legs, Julian’s rehab culminated with the summiting of Mount Kilimanjaro on Veterans Day 2015.
Julian Torres is married to Mrs. Ashley, his high school sweetheart and his rock. Together they are blessed with two children and currently live in California. When Julian isn't busy being a stay at home dad, you can find him being a peer mentor at Homes for Our Troops, climbing mountains or working towards launching his own veteran focused podcast.