SSgt Jeremy Austin
Marine Staff Sergeant Jeremy Austin was on his fifth deployment when he lost both of his legs in an IED attack in Afghanistan in April 2009. Attacked while riding in a convoy that was returning from a mounted patrol in the Helmand Provence, the floorboards of the up-armored HUMVEE mangled SSgt Austin’s legs; the blast leaving him with a fractured pelvis, elbow, ribs, wrist and nose. Unconscious and trapped in the vehicle, his fellow soldiers saved his life, applying tourniquets and helping to prepare him for medevac to a British Field Hospital where his legs were surgically amputated. Transported to Landstuhl, Germany, SSgt Austin was next brought state-side where he endured three corrective surgeries at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Transferred to Walter Reed, SSgt Austin is a resident of the Mologne House and continues to receive therapies there at this time.
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