Brigadier Aveen ChopraIndian Army Veteran,
Brigadier Aveen Chopra, VSM* has dodged death multiple times and is known as ‘The man who can’t Die’. He is an army veteran who has been a part of a large number of military operations; leading from the front. He began his Army career with the 1971 Indo Pak War, at a young age of 22. He was among the first to discover the military potential of Siachen Glacier. He commanded a mountain Brigade in militant infested J&K and also an Armoured Brigade. Post Kargil War, as Commandant High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) he conducted a study and recommended a more economical concept of Attack in High Altitude Mountains.
From a narrow escape in the 71 War to fire fighting a deadly blaze in a military hospital to being emergency evacuated while saving a fellow soldier from a crevice in Siachen, to being a target of a militant ambush, to surviving a helicopter crash in the Kargil Mountains, he has led an extraordinary life, overcoming uncommon challenges.
He retired from the Army with multiple disabilities in 2003 and took to farming, converting a desolate land into a Strawberry Farm. In spite of his serious war disabilities, he fondly and proudly remembers his Indian Army Days that instilled leadership qualities in him which he endeavours to spread among the youth and future leaders of our country.