Buff Burkel is a Retired United States Air Force Colonel and inspirational/motivational speaker. On October 11, 2015, the helicopter she and eight others were flying in crashed inside a NATO compound in Afghanistan. The crash killed five of the passengers and injured four, including Buff, who was left with a severely broken neck (the same injury that paralyzed Christopher Reeve from the neck down). Bolstered by the support of her fellow survivors, her rescuers, and her family and friends, Buff made a full recovery and now travels the country sharing her story and the lessons she learned about resilience.
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