He Died Twice on the Chopper Ride Home
On May 27th, 2010, Infantry Platoon Sgt. Rick Clement was on routine foot patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan not far from Camp Leatherneck. Helmand is in the south along the border with Pakistan. Rick stepped on a pressure plate that was wired to an IED. He lost both of his legs above the knee, broke his back, hips and ribs.
They lost him twice in the chopper ride back to Camp Bastion.
Three weeks later he woke up in a hospital determined to not let this set him back.
He was the most seriously injured British Soldier to survive Afghanistan.
He set a goal of walking to lay a wreath on Remembrance Day in honor of four friends that died. Remembrance Day is the British version of our Veterans Day.
He gradually became stronger and more independent. Swimming, Driving, nothing could stop him.
His amputations were so high; his doctors decided that prosthesis were not possible.
Rick was determined to win any way he could. He spent the last 22 months in a rehabilitation center for injured soldiers. He was outfitted with the latest biotech limbs.
This past Sunday, Rick's dream became a reality.
He took his first unaided steps to place a wreath to honor his friends and all others who gave all.
Rick said of his fallen brothers, "I use them as inspiration for me to get out of bed and carry on."
Rick's next goal is to ride a jet ski around the British Isles to raise money for his charity. His charity helps soldiers suffering with PTSD get off the streets and into homes of their own.
On this Veteran's Day I want to say to Rick and all the other Heroes who have served, "You are my inspiration. Thank you for giving your life so we could live in peace and freedom at home."
Like Rick, we have the determination to help you achieve your goals. To win every way you can.
Where do you get your inspiration?
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