What is EOD?
EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal, the disarming and disposal of bombs. EOD technicians are highly-trained military members serving in the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force who are responsible for disarming, rendering safe, and disposing of explosive hazards.
The EOD profession is one of the most dangerous occupations in the military. On average there are over 6,000 brave men and women serving as EOD technicians who willingly put themselves in harms way to protect the lives and property of others. Their service includes support to the most complex special operations missions. In current conflicts, bombs known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are responsible for the majority of fatalities and severe injuries to our troops.
When EODs technicians are wounded they sustain some of the most severe and often life-changing injuries including loss of limbs, burns, paralysis, blindness and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many EOD warriors also experience Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).Recovery and rehabilitation from these injuries can be extensive and require months and sometimes years of inpatient and outpatient care and has a significant emotional and financial impact on the injured EOD warrior and their families. For the families of fallen EOD warriors, surviving family members face many changes and challenges in their lives as they grieve the loss of a loved one.
The EOD Warrior Foundation is supported by an indivisible network of EOD family and friends. This support enables EOD warriors and their families and families of fallen EOD warriors to face the future with hope, knowing they are not alone, as they forge a new life and ensures the EOD heroes who make the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.
EOD Technicians fulfill a special, difficult, and important role in the military. Because of this, Technicians and their families often face challenges that are entirely unique to their service and this highly specialized field. It is the EOD Warrior Foundation’s deepest honor to meet these challenges head on by providing important resources and assistance to the EOD Community at large. Just as EOD Technicians serve our country by disarming and rendering safe ordnance, the EOD Warrior Foundation is proud to “Disarm Challenges” that they face!