By Kortney Clemons
"When above-the-knee amputeeswalk, we generate seven to 9 instances the strength of our bodyweight correct into the purpose the place the prosthesis meets our residual leg. For me, that is nearly 1,500 kilos slamming into that socket."For any amputee, studying to stroll with a prosthetic leg is a painful, grueling ordeal. quickly after military medic Kortney Clemons, who misplaced his correct leg to a roadside bomb in Baghdad, begun the method, he had greater than strolling in brain. He desired to run, and run quickly. slightly 3 years after the bleak assault that modified his existence without end, he aimed to affix the elite corps of overseas athletes vying for gold within the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. His account of his restoration from this catastrophic wound and his force to turn into the 1st Iraq veteran to win Paralympic gold is likely one of the such a lot extraordinary, inspiring, and compelling tales within the background of activities.
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I know you have a child with her, but if you want to continue to do well in school, you’re going to have to leave,” Mom said. “It’s up to you. If you want to stay there, you can. But if you do, I think you’re going to get pulled down,” she said. It was good advice. I would keep my daughter in my life, but I would change schools. I transferred to West Lauderdale High in nearby Collinsville, Mississippi. As my senior year was drawing to its final months, I lacked half a social studies credit that I had lost as a result of the suspension.
Mario Rodas, was just finishing his overnight shift at Landstuhl. About the same time that I had been deployed to Iraq in March 2004, Rodas was assigned to Landstuhl where he worked as a patient liaison. In that role, he talked with wounded soldiers fresh off the Iraqi battlefields, seeking to answer all their questions, gathering personal hygiene items for them or scrounging up any small creature comforts that they had requested. Rodas also spoke with each of their doctors, asking about their specific medical plans so he could keep their superior officers apprised of their healing.
As I spoke, my M-16 hung over my right shoulder. Privately, his death terrified me. I knew that on any random patrol, the same thing could happen to me. When I enlisted in the army in October 2000, America was not at war, but I fully understood the risks. Hostile fire could be in my future. After I reached Iraq, I was often scared that I might lose my life. I personally knew at least ten other soldiers who were killed in battle. indd 28 5/15/08 1:56:14 PM SOUTHERN ROOTS base intensified the feeling that we were constantly vulnerable.
Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War by Kortney Clemons