SSG Kelly Keck
Harvre de Grace, MD
Army Medic, SSG Kelly Keck was on his first deployment to Afghanistan when he lost his right leg and suffered severe hand injuries after stepping on an anti-personnel mine on September 13, 2008. The medic for an engineer platoon, SSG Keck was riding on a regular mounted patrol when the lead vehicle ran over a pressure plated mine. While assisting the injured, SSG Keck stepped on the buried mine; the force of the blast throwing him into the air and knocking him unconscious. Regaining consciousness and doing an initial injury assessment on himself, SSG Keck realized immediately that his right foot and lower leg had been amputated. He quickly learned that he could not stop the bleeding himself as he had also suffered the amputations of fingers and severe injuries to his left hand. Though seriously injured, SSG Keck helped save his own life by instructing his platoon sergeant in the first aid treatment of his wounds. Transported first to the local hospital, amputation surgeries were performed in Afghanistan before SSG Keck was airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany and then to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he remains at this time.
SSG Keck enjoys spending time with his wife, Oxana and daughter, Zoya. A native of Kentucky, Kelly would like to stay in the Maryland/DC area to be close to his doctors and medical treatments. Having been hospitalized for nearly half of his young daughter’s life in the DC area the Kecks have decided this is where they will now call "home". A fan of fishing and model building, Kelly is a member of the American Legion and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
"A Homes for Our Troops specially adapted home will greatly reduce the challenges and extra effort that I now need to get in and out of my home and to get around indoors as homes are typically not made for the injured and handicapped. Thank you for your time, your help, and your support." (SSG Kelly Keck when asked how he expects a Homes for Our Troops home will improve his day to day living.)