Krista McNallySep 15, 2017, 8:32 pmSep 17, 2017, 7:02 am

Wounded veteran shares story of survival with hopes to inspire Brentwood HS students

US Army Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline aims to bring optimism to students a year after gang-related murders


A wounded veteran visited Brentwood High School Friday to bring an inspirational message to students.

"It was very motivational because he went through a lot, just like a lot of kids that go to our school go through," said school senior Edwin Jimenzez. He was one of hundreds of students who sat in on a presentation by a retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline.

The veteran brought a message to the students who have been through a lot, especially coping with the murders of Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens just one year ago.

"It feels very inspiring, you know, ‘cause it obviously shows that you can do something big no matter what you’re put in, what type of situation, that there’s always a plan for you," said school senior Sarai Euceda.

Army Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline was injured in an attack in Iraq in 2007.

"My Humvee got hit by the roadside bomb… I was the only survivor of the five guys in the Humvee," Henline said as he shared his story with the students to tell them that no matter what life hands you, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

"I had some rough times in my life if you couldn't tell already," Henline said

"It’s kind of empowering when someone tells you to get back up and especially someone like who went through something so traumatic," Jimenzez said.

There were also several members of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in the audience to hear his unbelievable story.

"Today seeing Bobby here at the auditorium with us in Brentwood High School I was feeling honored. It was like, literally, like my mind was blowing up. I almost feel crying, like you know, my heart was crying inside of me" said school senior Madi Danosko

Students left the presentation feel hopeful and inspired as they begin the 2017- 2018 school year.

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