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 Noah 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!’”
Noah 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.