Debra (Debbie) H. Schulz

Currently: Primary caregiver(mother) for Steven K. Schulz, USMC ret.

Previous Employment: Friendswood High School, Teacher, Friendswood, TX; Karnes County Mental Health Clinic, Casemanager and Clinical Intake Worker, Kenedy, TX

Education: University of Texas, Austin, TX, BS Advertising

Professional Licenses: Teacher Certification, State of Texas; Licensed Social Worker, State of Texas, Inactive Status

Family: Steven K. Schulz, son; Elaine Schulz Dunn, daughter; and Clay Schulz, son

Other Interest: Veteran advocacy issues, reading, traveling, and family

History: Steven Schulz joined the United States Marine Corps in April of 2003 and graduated from boot camp on July 3, 2003. He attended School of Infantry training at Camp Pendleton, CA and was chosen as an Honor Graduate. He began his first deployment to Iraq (2004) at the age of 19. His job was a Tow Gunner. On April 19, 2005, while on his second deployment to Iraq near the town of Fallujah, Cpl. Schulz sustained serious injuries as a result of a blast from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Shrapnel entered Cpl. Schulz’s right eye and forehead severing his middle cerebral artery. Cpl. Schulz suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI) which has resulted in many cognitive and physical deficits. His multi-traumas include visual impairment, hearing loss, and partial paralysis. He has endured over 40 hours of invasive brain surgery along with other countless surgeries and procedures and many, many hours of rehab.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Corporal Schulz received his initial treatment at NNMC, Bethesda, MD and his poly-trauma care at James A. Haley, VA Hospital, Tampa, Florida. He has received extensive rehab through TIRR outpatient rehab program, and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, both in Houston, TX. Steven enjoys traveling, trying new adventures, and meeting people, because of his injury he requires attendant care for these activities. He enjoys adaptive sports programs such as skiing, water sports, and painting. One of his goals is to build a busy life doing volunteer activities. Debbie volunteers on the American Veteran’s with Brain Injury web site chat room for caregivers and veterans with brain injury. Debbie is a certified VA Caregiver, and was active in lobbying with Wounded Warrior Project to achieve passage of the legislation. Debbie and Steven, in dealing with their “new normal,” continue to explore life and its possibilities.