Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Years Served: 2006-2013
Adam served from June 2006 to April 2013 as a Combat Instructor Sergeant. He completed two combat tours in Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF) from 2008-2009 and 2010 to 2011. During his second tour, Adam was injured from an explosion causing a traumatic brain injury and his retinal to detach.
After retiring in 2013 Rowland has spent a lot of his time participating in horse therapy where he learned to ride a horse. This led him into competing in rodeo events, Ranch Sorting, and winning a blue ribbon in the Scottsdale Arabian horse show, as well as being inducted into the Ranch Sorting National Championship Hall of Fame.
Rowland has been greatly inspired by his fellow blinded veterans and their achievements. He is looking to start his own nonprofit to get service members out horseback riding, Ranch Sorting, teaching them to gentle “break” horses or just to relax and have a good time with them.