Chief Warrant Officer Romulo “Romy” Camargo has been in the United States Army since April of 1995. Most of that time has been spent in the Special Operations community with the 75th Ranger Regiment and 7th Special Forces Group.
On September 16, 2008 (during his third deployment to Afghanistan) Romy’s mission had been cancelled. He opted to do a humanitarian mission which involved medical professionals traveling to take care of villagers. This was considered a low risk mission, but as soldiers know, there is no such thing as low risk in a war zone. Romy’s detachment was ambushed, and he was shot through the neck and paralyzed from the shoulders down.
Romy’s trials since that fateful day are too numerous to recount in this limited space. After returning to the States, Romy and his wife Gaby, decided to turn adversity into opportunity and on June 20th, 2015 they opened Stay in Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center in Tampa, FL. They provide service to veterans and civilians from around the country, who come not only for the physical rehab, but also for the taste of the mental toughness it takes to thrive on this special journey.