An Evening with Patriots Dinner Series - Eric Bourquin Back to News & Events
Our next speaker is Eric Bourquin. Eric is a decorated U.S. Army veteran who completed three combat tours, one in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. On April 4, 2004,
during his first deployment, Bourquin’s platoon was ambushed in Sadr City,
Iraq. The deadly battle came to be known as “Black Sunday.”
Born in Dallas, Bourquin grew up in central Texas and enlisted in the Army in 1998. He trained as an infantryman while completing basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Bourquin went on to serve in the 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Infantry Division in various leadership positions. After retiring in 2013 after 15 years of service, Bourquin has devoted his time to his wife, Leslie, and their four children. He is also focusing on his own healing and helping other veterans heal, while at the same time enjoying new experiences outside of the military.
Eric also serves Defenders of Freedom as our Outreach Coordinator. We are so honored to have him as a part of the team.