Soldier Uses Comedy to Heal
SSG Bobby Henline survived IED attack, now a stand-up comic
Papillion, NE - Behind Staff Sergeant Bobby Henline's jokes is a much deeper story. While serving on his fourth tour in Iraq, the war veteran survived a deadly attack on his humvee in April 2007.
"The only survivor out of five guys in the vehicle, I was burnt to the skull, 38 percent of my body was burnt," SSG Bobby Henline said.
Henline spent six months in the hospital. Eventually doctors had to amputate his arm.
The war hero has experienced obstacles most Americans haven't, but instead of focusing on the negative, he's using comedy to spread joy while telling his story.
"Humor really does heal, it's a very powerful healing tool, it's a way to kind of break the ice to people to kind of break the ice and get the awareness out there how to approach somebody with disfigurement and not just burns and stuff like that," Henline said.
Recognized nationally for his bravery, dedication, and humor, Henline hopes people walk away with this simple message: "I hope people learn to live life to the fullest, and realize the best way to thank a veteran is to live life to the fullest."