Meet Men’s Health November Cover Model, Disabled Vet Noah Galloway

Iraq War vet Noah Galloway overcame a horrific injury and resulting depression and is now sharing his inspiring story as Men’s Health November cover model.

On Dec. 19, 2005, the Humvee Galloway was driving in Iraq, hit a trip wire that ignited two 155-mm artillery shells hidden by the roadside. He lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee. “The roadside bomb was big enough to send our 10,000-pound Humvee flying through the air,” he told Men’s Health. “We landed wheels down in a canal.”

He battled depression for several years following his injuries.

“I’d sit at home and drink and smoke and sleep,” he said. “That’s all I did.”

“Yeah, there are down days,” he says. “I don’t dwell on it, because that makes it worse. I don’t try to cover it up, because that’s something I did when I was depressed. I’ve learned that this too shall pass. A couple of days later I’ll be like, ‘Whooo, yeah, I really felt bad a couple of days ago. Now I’m good!'”

Galloway beat out about 1,300 applicants and two other finalists to be crowned the November cover of Men’s Health in its first-ever search for the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy. The finalist represents someone who is “physically fit, confident, stylish, career-driven and a pillar of his community,” according to the magazine.

 

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[Men’s Health/photo by Peter Yang]

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-74313bf7c64e53b0[Noah Galloway shown in Iraq with fellow soldier Ryan Hoefer]