Alex Minsky is a name heard across the globe as news networks spread his story like the latest piece of technology. Akin to his rebirth as an injured Marine who’s right leg is now made of metal and gears, they cover the IED explosion in Afghanistan that almost killed Alex and left him in a coma for more than 45 days.
He shares in sound bites his experience recovering from the accident, relearning everything from speech to walking again and how he barely skipped a beat when he learned of the amputation of his right leg. His only concern at the time was, “How do I get back on my feet and get moving again? How do I get back to my men?”
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Since the accident Alex lost his younger brother and fell into the dregs of alcoholism in a desperate attempt to escape. Today, he’s nearly a year sober and determined to stay grounded and improve his life. His daily routine consists of spending four hours in the gym, preparing and eating well balanced meals (with lots of vegetables even though he “hates vegetables”) every two-to-three hours and giving as much of his free time as he can to those in need.
Whether it’s another veteran who just needs to talk or to be in the company of soldiers in the Veterans Affairs Hospital where he spends some of his time, Alex sees value in his efforts that far exceeds any financial gain or fame he might be offered.
“I don’t have a million dollars to donate. I don’t have much money at all, but what I do have is time so I donate as much as I can.” He says when asked how he maintains balance in his life. Alex continues, “I just try to get out of my head as much as I can and be of service to others. That’s really what helps me and how I get the most out of my day, one day at a time.”
Recently, Alex and his girlfriend Mylee Yc, also a veteran and a breast cancer survivor were awarded keys to the city of West Hollywood. At the city’s annual fitness fair and key ceremony Council Members and Mayor Abbe Land voted unanimously to officially declare August 17, Alex Minsky and Mylee Yc Day. An honor well-worth the efforts they’ve both made to overcome adversity by living healthy lives and inspiring others.
“I just got tired of running away,” Minsky said when interviewed on NBC4 news, “so now I just try to live day by day and I hope to inspire people to do the same for themselves.”
Alex has a lot to be thankful for and he’s quick to list his gratitude and when asked what he hopes for his future he’s as modest and direct as one might expect from a decorated Marine, “I’m in no big hurry. I’d like to get an endorsement deal with Nike, but I’m just trying to live one day at a time. Really, I just want to do a little better today than I did yesterday and touch as many lives as I can.” Minsky’s new addiction, simply put, to be an inspiration.