Chris Skeeters has put himself on the map for both his military efforts and success inside of the rodeo arena.

The United States Marine Corps veteran spent more than seven years serving his country as a motor transport operator – during which he was injured in an explosion. On Nov. 26, 2012, Skeeters’ convoy was blown up by an improvised explosive device 13 miles from Camp Leatherneck while making their way back from Camp Dwyer.  After sustaining injuries from the blast, the Marine was honorably given the Purple Heart and was subsequently discharged from his military duties.

However, those injuries did not prevent Skeeters from following his dream of becoming a world champion bull rider which he accomplished through the Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association in 2017. Skeeters has been riding bulls since 2008, and has had instruction from some of the very best in the business including the legendary Gary Leffew, who will be inducted into the Professional Bull Riders Ring of Honor later this year.

Most recently, Skeeters has decided to step away from the rodeo arena to concentrate on other things going on in his life. However, he said this will not be the last time you will ever see this world champion compete in the rodeo arena as he competes in life’s arena.

Jason Hetland is a disabled veteran who served most recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a professional rodeo announcer and operates the rodeo news site