This foundation’s vision is to continue the work of GySgt. Ryan Pieraccini (USMC Retired) and tell his story.
During his 19 years of honorable service to our great country, he continued to inspire, excel, and lead. He was attached to the 7th ESB and 9th ESB which included titles of; Combat Engineer, Military Police, Combat Instructor at Quantico, Recruiter, Security Company Platoon Sergeant in Fallujah during OIF, and Bulk Fuel Platoon Sergeant during OEF. Ryan loved being a Marine, it defined his life and gave him purpose. Ask anyone who served with Gunny during his deployments and they will tell you countless stories of how he loved, protected, supported, and inspired “his Marines”.
After medical retirement from the Marine Corps in 2015, Ryan was faced with the physical and emotional pain of his time deployed. He again found true purpose and comfort working with fellow Veterans. Among his proudest accomplishments were being a court appointed Veteran Advocate in Bexar and Comal Counties, co-founder of the San Antonio Chapter of 22 Until None, member of the Combat Vets Association M.C., and Ranch Manager for the SS American Memorial Ranch located in Seguin Texas. He was pursuing a degree in Counseling at Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio Texas to further assist his beloved Veterans.
Ryan passed away suddenly on November 8, 2020 from a massive stroke at the age of 47.
Ryan’s decision to donate his brain for study to CNRM BRAIN TISSUE REPOSITORY FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY ensured that Gunny continued to serve his country. Since then, we have learned so much about the physical and emotional consequences of blast related TBIs, referred to as the “Invisible Wound” including Interface Astroglial Scarring and CTEs (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). There are ongoing studies to further understand, and hopefully treat and diagnose these devasting effects on our warriors that survived blast related TBIs.
Our goal is to provide assistance, education, and awareness to the devastating physical and emotional effects to the brain from blast related TBIs. We are committed to help our Veterans and their families achieve a better quality of life and a way to help understand the “Invisible Wound”.