United States Marine Corps Veteran Mike Medina has an amazing story. Mike joined the Marines at the age of seventeen and served five deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first combat engagement came just three days after arriving in Iraq as a driver on an Abrams M1-A1 tank. Sergeant Medina eventually became a tank commander. Losing one of his fellow Marines shortly after arriving in Iraq made war real to Medina. Sergeant Medina is a special guest speaker at the USMC Memorial Foundation Event on April 29th at the Brown Palace.