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Army Sergeant Anthony Verra was on his 2nd deployment when he lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED in Arghandab, Afghanistan on September 22, 2010. Called in to take pictures documenting the situation at a compound that had just been cleared of five IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) ...
Marine Staff Sergeant Bradley Lang was on his third deployment when he lost both of his legs above the knees and fractured his pelvis when he stepped on an IED in Sangin, Afghanistan on July 24, 2011.
Army SGT Joseph Smith, a former Marine, was on his fourth deployment when he was left with a spinal cord injury and Traumatic Brain Injury after an attack at his FOB in Afghanistan in November 2004. SGT Smith was found beneath a 450 pound storage container that had been intentionally pushed from the roof of a storage trailer by two Afghanis, nearly killing him.
Army Staff Sergeant Maurice Craft was serving in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne when he suffered severe injuries as a result of an explosion in November 2003. An IED was activated by a car alarm in close proximity to SSG Craft, severing his left leg above the knee and causing multiple injuries to his right leg. Unable to be airlifted from the blast zone due to the ensuing battle, SSG Craft was evacuated by HUMVEE to the nearest field hospital where they worked feverishly to save his life.
On August 17, 2005 SGT Jonathan Roberts was struck by an 18 wheeler in Baghdad. Jon was on his way to pick up an officer from the airport when he rounded a corner and saw a semi truck coming straight at him. He went to swerve and ended up hitting a tree and then being struck by the semi.
On October 3, 2005 SSG Lee Tom Jones was on patrol with the 82nd Airborne 504th PIR when the Humvee that he was riding in hit an IED. The blast caused the Humvee to flip over and catch on fire. Even though Lee was on fire when he ran out of the Humvee he was demanding to know the fate of the 3 men he was riding with, it was not good, none of the other men made it.
Sergeant Eric Edmundson was a member of the 172nd Stryker Brigade, 4th Squadron, 14th Cavlery, stationed out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska. On October 2, 2005 the Stryker vehicle he was driving hit an IED (improvised explosive device). Eric sustained serious injuries and was eventually airlifted to Germany.
Cpl. Bobby Isaacs, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY, joined the armed forces after 9/11 and was deployed to Iraq in spring of 2003. Ten months later, Isaacs' life changed forever when a roadside bomb ripped apart his convoy as it traveled near Mosul. "It shattered all the bones and severed my femoral artery, and I bled out," he said. "I think they lost me a couple of times, actually."
Army SSG Daniel Metzdorf figured his career as an infantryman was over when he lost his right leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq in January 2004. But back at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, Metzdorf saw other amputees ambling by on high-tech prosthetic legs and had a crazy idea: he wanted to go back into battle with the 82nd Airborne. It was a long and painful struggle.
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