Regiment: US Marine Corps
Home Town: Orono, Maine
Injury: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder w/ depression, mild Traumatic Brain Injury w/ diminished executive functioning.
Born in Phoenix, Az., Andrew enlisted out of Reading, Pa., at the age of 19. He attended boot camp the summer of 2003 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, with follow-on training at the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton.
As an Infantry Assaultman, Sgt. Bement served with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines for two combat deployments to Iraq, serving in both the First Battle of Fallujah (2004) and Operation Steel Curtain/Iron Fist (2005) along the Syrian Border.
Upon return from his second deployment, Sgt. Bement was accepted into the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), attending college at the University of Maine, where he met his wife, and was commissioned in May of 2011.
Upon graduation of The Basic School (2011) and the Infantry Officers Course (2012), Lt. Bement was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines where he deployed to Afghanistan as an Infantry Platoon Commander.
Lt. Bement was medically retired in March of 2015 for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a Traumatic Brain Injury. He currently lives in Orono, Maine, with his wife Dana, and his service dog, Mozzie.
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