MedAssets Recognizes Veteran U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Sean Parnell for Dedicated Public Service
ATLANTA—April 9, 2013—MedAssets (NASDAQ: MDAS) today announced the recipients of the 2012 George Herbert Walker Bush Pacesetter Award and 2012 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award, which were presented during the 2013 MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, held April 2-4 in Las Vegas.
The 2012 George Herbert Walker Bush Pacesetter Award honoree is Sean Parnell, a retired captain of the U.S. Army Airborne Rangers 10th Mountain Division, who served in combat during the war on terror in Afghanistan.
2012 George Herbert Walker Bush Pacesetter Award Winner Sean Parnell “Veteran Sean Parnell represents the American spirit of the George Herbert Walker Bush Pacesetter Award through his exemplary service during the war on terror, and advocacy on behalf of veterans’ issues,” said John Bardis, chairman, president and chief executive officer, MedAssets. “We are honored to highlight Sean’s story and efforts to make more Americans aware that we can do more to help our brave service men and women heal from what often are invisible wounds of war.”
A Pennsylvania native, Sean Parnell transitioned from college student to Army Ranger after the events of September 11, 2001. At age 24, he led a 40-man elite infantry, known also as the Outlaw Platoon, through 16 months of brutal combat while serving patrol in Afghanistan. His leadership and dedication to his men during an ambush led Sean to earn the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, including one for valor. In addition, 80 percent of his men earned Purple Hearts. Now retired and healing from post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder, Sean is sharing his experiences with the hope that other soldiers will be open to seeking help. As part of his own healing process, Sean wrote, “Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan,” a New York Times bestseller. He serves as a national ambassador for veterans issues and his mission is to help soldiers heal from the psychological and emotional wounds suffered while serving in combat.
See the highlights from Sean’s acceptance speech:
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