On September 11, 2001, Lt. Co. Brian Birdwell suffered third degree burns on 60 percent of his body after a hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon. More than 30 operations later, his recovery has been truly remarkable and he is...
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On September 11, 2001, Lt. Co. Brian Birdwell suffered third degree burns on 60 percent of his body after a hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon. More than 30 operations later, his recovery has been truly remarkable and he is spiritually stronger than ever before. Brian and his wife, Mel, now share their spellbinding story of God's grace and sovereignty.
$lt;b>2005 Gold Medallion Award finalist $lt;/b> $lt;br>When hijacked American Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, LTC (RET) Brian Birdwell was only 15 to 20 yards away. He stepped out into the corridor and was instantly engulfed in flames--burns consumed 60 percent of his body, with almost 40 percent of them third-degree. Thirty-plus operations and countless physical therapy sessions later, his recovery has truly been remarkable, and spiritually he and his family are stronger than ever before. Brian and his wife, Mel, tell their captivating story of God's grace and sovereignty.
MEL BIRDWELL graduated with a degree in human development and family studies from Kansas State University and has had extensive experience in working with programs for senior citizens in Kansas and in Washington. In June 2002, Mel was presented with the fourth annual Robertson McQuilkin Award for Commitment to Marriage, by FamilyLife.
LTC (RET) BRIAN BIRDWELL is one of the seven burn victims of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Brian graduated in 1984 as a distinguished military graduate of Lamar University through the Army ROTC. He was deployed for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and earned the Bronze Star for his action in the Gulf War. At the time of the September 11 attack, LTC (RET) Birdwell was serving on the Department of the Army staff at the Pentagon as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. Brian and Mel have been married for 17