But the struggles make you stronger, and the changes make you wise. And happiness has it’s own way of taking it’s own sweet time.-Gary Allan, Life Ain’t Always Beautiful
Bobby Henline is inarguably an American hero. He served in the United States Army not once, but twice. He’s a Purple Heart recipient with a story that would make most people want to give up. Not Bobby. He is thriving and pushing inspirational limits with his incredible journey. Has it been easy? Hell no. But it has shaped him into the incredible person he is today.
Like most young men, Bobby was adventurous, to say the least. At 17, he and his
uncle, who was merely six years older, decided to change their lives and join the Army. The glitch in that plan? His uncle didn’t pass his ASVABs. After having his amazing mullet shaved off (it was the 80s!), Bobby served in the United States Army, working his way up to Specialist during Operation Desert Storm. After his service, Bobby transitioned to civilian life, eventually settling down and getting married.
On September 11, 2001, the United States was shaken by an unthinkable act of terror. Although his wife said she’d never be married to a uniform, Bobby knew he had to protect his country and re-enlisted in the Army. Boot camp started on Halloween of that same year. As he said, that should have been a warning of what was to come. Throughout his tours, Bobby was involved in humanitarian work, including one venture that he fondly remembers: In 2005, he and a group of men evacuated an Iraqi town where IED schools were being built. They moved all innocent civilians to base and helped them start new lives. “The feeling of giving someone hope is indescribable,” he stated.
During his fourth tour in Iraq, Bobby’s Humvee was hit by an IED on April 7, 2007. He was the only survivor out of the five people he was with. Approximately 40% of his body was burned. He was placed in a medically induced coma for two weeks and transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, where recovery would start. The unimaginable pain he endured through this process led him to humor as a coping method. He would frequently tell jokes to other soldiers and medical staff to keep everyone in good spirits. He was inspired by a lot of comedians, mostly those who are self-deprecating but keep their humor clean(ish), such as Robin Williams, Daniel Tosh, and Eddie Murphy. Bobby was encouraged to pursue this line of work, and The Well-Done Comedian was born. These days, you can find Bobby on social media, his own website, and spending time with his family, which includes three granddaughters! His humor is a bright light in a sometimes-dark world and is inspiring to many who may be dealing with survivor’s guilt, insecurity, or are just at a hard spot in their lives.
Bobby has been involved with many different ventures and we at Tattered Beans are so pumped to announce that he is a Tattered Beans Envoy. Bobby’s profile (link will be added) on our website will be used to fund Forging Forward, part of The Bobby Henline Foundation. The Bobby Henline Foundation aims to provide connectivity between military veterans, first responders, and their families with the public through art; provide positive, collaborative social interaction between military veterans, first responders, and their families with the public; provide access for military veterans, first responders, and their families to promote physical and mental health; and provide funding opportunities for military veterans, first responders, and their families to continue formal education.
Tattered Beans will be featuring Bobby’s incredible journey, tour dates, and more on our website and social media. Make sure to stop out and see him to show him how appreciated his incredible service, get inspired and laugh with him!