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Home: Anne Arundel County, MD
Marine Sgt. Christopher Santiago was on his 3rd deployment when he lost both of his legs and severely injured his left arm and hand when he stepped on an IED while opening the gate to a Forward Operating Base (FOB) after returning from a night mission in Saklawia, Iraq on September 16, 2006.
Marine Corporal Jeffrey Kessler was on his third deployment when he lost both of his legs above the knee and suffered the partial amputations of fingers on his right hand after stepping on an IED in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on June 13, 2011.
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Home: Havre 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.
Home: Frederick County, MD
Marine Sgt. Adam Kisielewski lost his left arm at the shoulder and his right leg below the knee when an IED detonated as a trigger-wired door was opened while looking for insurgents near Fallujah, Iraq in August 2005. Sgt Kisielewski and a fellow Marine were clearing a school, room by room, when arriving in the stairwell to the roof they came upon a closed door. The triggered door activated an IED upon opening, severely injuring Sgt. Kisielewski and mortally wounding his comrade.
Home: Chester, MD
Army CPT Ferris Butler was deployed with the 10th Mountain Division to Iraq when he was left a double amputee after an IED explosion in the Sunni Triangle on December 21, 2006. While preparing to return from a mission that had taken CPT Butler and his platoon into one of the most dangerous sectors along the Euphrates River, his HUMVEE ran over a bomb, destroying the vehicle and causing him serious injuries.
Home: Pasadena, MD
Army SGT Luis Rosa-Valentin was on his second deployment when he was left a triple amputee with hearing and vision loss after an IED explosion in Iraq in April 2008. SGT Rosa-Valentin was with the 4th Infantry Division, acting as a point man on a dismounted combat raid just outside of Baghdad when during a six-hour firefight an IED exploded directly next to him, immediately amputating his legs and left arm and leaving him unconscious. Regaining consciousness, it took immediate life saving measures to stabilize him enough to be transported to a local hospital. He was later airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany and finally to Walter Reed where he continues to receive treatment at this time.