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, all started the method, he had greater than strolling in brain. He desired to run, and run quickly. slightly 3 years after the grim assault that modified his existence perpetually, he aimed to affix the elite corps of foreign athletes vying for gold within the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. His account of his restoration from this catastrophic wound and his force to develop into the 1st Iraq veteran to win Paralympic gold is without doubt one of the such a lot notable, inspiring, and compelling tales within the historical past of activities.
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This is how professional soldiers are wired—to jump on the grenade and save our pals. Survivor’s guilt is misplaced, quietly destructive, and, unfortunately, common in war. “One, two, three, lift,” I instructed. Carrying the front left corner, about seven feet ahead of me, was Shatto, an army veteran of sixteen years who had attended church with me at Camp Falcon. The right side of the stretcher was all Minnesota National Guard guys. On the back right corner, across from me, was Lhotka. The twenty-four-year-old financial adviser had grown up in Appleton, a place that honors its war dead by naming streets after them.
He told me later he wouldn’t have trusted any other soldier in his platoon with that same privilege. indd 38 5/15/08 1:56:16 PM SOUTHERN ROOTS In both Germany and Kosovo, Rodas had been my boss. Like a big brother, he taught me how to be a good army medic, including how to care for and maintain an army ambulance. He also made sure I was taking the right classes to advance my career. As a result, I earned a promotion to sergeant E5 in barely more than two years, a fast pace for a medic. Rodas always looked out for me.
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Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War by Kortney Clemons