Simon Brown was on his third tour of Iraq in 2006, when he attempted to extract a stranded crew after an attack. Moments after completing the operation, Simon was shot in the face by a sniper.
When the heroic soldier woke up after spending over two weeks in a coma and discovered his face was permanently disfigured after the gunshot wound. He was partially blinded in one eye and lost the other, while the cartilage in his nose was gone. Simon has went through dozens of reconstructive operations and hours of surgery.
Simon has always been determined to help others through his experiences. He gives motivational talks in schools on a regular basis and does a huge amount of work for charities like Help for Heroes. This particular charity support members of the British Armed Forces who sustained injuries and illnesses while serving.
Simon has rebuilt his life and helped other veterans through motivational speaking. Now meet Temperance Pattinson, a little girl who grew up fascinated by war heroes. Temperance, or Tempy, helps supports veterans by participating in events like charity mini-triathlons.
Tempy’s lifelong dream comes true when she eventually meets a real-life soldier as part of Help for Heroes’ Facing It Together campaign. That real-life soldier is Simon who was unsure of how the little girl would react to his scars upon their encounter.
It’s easy to see why the face-to-face meeting between this unlikely pair touched the hearts of so many around the world when you see the video clip captured below:
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