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Army veteran will attend Military Bowl as UC special guest

Brent Hendrix visits the White House (PHOTO: Brent Hendrix) Brent Hendrix visits the White House (PHOTO: Brent Hendrix)
Brent hopes to attend UC after he finishes up at Cincinnati State (PHOTO: Brent Hendrix) Brent hopes to attend UC after he finishes up at Cincinnati State (PHOTO: Brent Hendrix)
Brent traveled to Cincinnati for a USO event. He loved it so much he decided to move here (PHOTO: Brent Hendrix) Brent traveled to Cincinnati for a USO event. He loved it so much he decided to move here (PHOTO: Brent Hendrix)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The University of Cincinnati is headed to Annapolis, Md. Saturday, Dec. 27 facing off against Virginia Tech in the Military Bowl. At the request of the UC's athletic director, they will have a special guest tagging along.

It took just one speech from Army veteran Brent Hendrix last week to catch the attention of UC athletic director Mike Bohn. Now, Hendrix is headed to the Military Bowl with an inspiring message to give the team.

"I was blown up on June 27, 2006 in Rawa, Iraq. I don't remember anything about the blast or the explosion. About 2 weeks later, I woke up out of a drug induced coma in Washington, D.C. Not knowing where I was at, still thinking I was in Iraq,” said Hendrix.

Hendrix lost his right leg in the blast and now walks with a prosthetic. In 2009, as a patient at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., Hendrix traveled to Cincinnati for a USO event.

"The people up here, they are all nice. They show us a dang good time,” he said.

He loved it so much he decided to move here and is now attending college at Cincinnati State working toward a communications degree. It has been 8 years since his injury. Hendrix has gone through 75 surgeries all while sharing his experience through the USO refusing to let his injuries keep him down.

"Every day is a fight you know. It's not a physical fist fight. It is a mental fight and you know the strongest muscle in our body is our brain and once you start building that up and getting confidence behind that and knowing you can achieve certain things, it builds you up. It builds you up as a person and you can still wake up every single day and accomplish what you have in front of you,” said Hendrix.

Hendrix says he plans to meet with the UC football team before the big game. He says he has no planned remarks. He only wants to share his heart and support the bearcats. He hopes to attend the University of Cincinnati after completing his degree at Cincinnati State.

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