SPC Brett Bondurant
Army Specialist Brett Bondurant was five months into his first deployment when he lost his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee in an IED blast in the Southwest Kandahar Provence, Afghanistan on September 28, 2011.
Acting as the minesweeper while clearing a compound of suspected IED’s, SPC Bondurant had just stepped into a darkened room…his second step triggered the pressure plate of an IED; the blast traumatically amputating his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee. He also suffered severe injuries to both arms. Minutes later, the medic knelt down to administer aide to SPC Bondurant and triggered another IED; the blast throwing SPC Bondurant through the air for a second time.
While waiting for the platoon medic to come to the aide of the injured, SPC Bondurant heard a third IED detonate outside of the compound. A helicopter was dispatched to evacuate the injured soldiers and SPC Bondurant was transported to a local field hospital before being stabilized for transport to Landstuhl, Germany. SPC Bondurant arrived at San Antonio Medical Center within days of his injuries and has remained there for more than a year, enduring nearly two dozen surgeries.
SPC Bondurant grew up in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and married his High School sweetheart, London. He enjoys sports, fishing, motorcycles, wheelchair basketball, and spending time with family. Brett and London look forward to starting a new life, outside the military, where they can focus on the future and establishing their roots with family nearby.
SPC Bondurant would like to thank those who support Homes for Our Troops and shared the following, “As a disabled veteran, it is hard to stay positive at times, especially since I am faced with many challenges on a daily basis, even in my own home. Having an accessible home, built to meet my specific needs will erase some of those challenges, giving me back my independence and also giving much more hope for me and for my family’s future. Thank you.”