Captain Ferris Butler, USA (Ret)

Hero of Military Medicine Ambassador Award

The military and civilian recipients of this award are all beneficiaries of military medicine. They embody the message that advances in military medicine benefit all.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Ferris Butler continued his family’s long military tradition by enlisting in the U.S. Army. Serving as an Infantry Platoon Leader with 10th Mountain Division (Light), at Fort Drum, NY, Ferris deployed to Iraq in August 2006. Ferris was on combat patrol on December 21, 2006 when his vehicle activated the pressure plate of an Improvised Explosive Device. He sustained extensive lower leg and foot fractures as well as soft tissue, nerve, and muscle damage. Ferris spent over two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, attempting to salvage what remained of his lower legs. After 52 surgeries, he made the difficult decision to amputate both feet and move forward with his recovery on prosthetics.

Ferris has remained committed to his emotional, physical, and social reintegration post-military retirement. He graduated in 2014 with his MBA from Syracuse University, he co-founded an annual fundraising initiative for military non-profits with his wife, Laura, and is actively building a real estate development firm in his home state of Maryland. Ferris also is a Board of Trustee Member with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and an Ambassador to the Vail Veterans Program.