I had the pleasure of speaking with Shilo Harris earlier this year. After seeing Shilo's tale on YouTube, I decided to contact him. I was so moved by what I saw him go through that I wanted to share it with my audience.
The video of the interview is embedded below. The video is over an hour long. Shilo talks about his past and why he joined the military for the first 15 minutes.
Shilo then discusses the day of the explosion and concludes with a motivational talk for individuals who, let's face it, are going through some difficult circumstances right now.
On February 19, 2007, during his second deployment to Iraq, the vehicle Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris was traveling in was struck by an improvised explosive device, killing three soldiers, wounding the driver, and leaving Staff Sgt. Harris with third-degree burns on 35% of his body. Due to the severity of his burns, Staff Sgt. Harris lost his ears, tip of his nose, three fingers, and he sustained fractures to his left collarbone and C-7 vertebrae.
A movie is still in the process of being made about Shilo's experience. Hopefully, the full length film will be ready by the end of this year, which this year is the 20th memorial of 9-11-2001, the U.S, Twin Towers was attacked. You can watch the trailer or for a small fee watch the short movie (movie concept) here.
The book is also available online here