By Kortney Clemons
"When above-the-knee amputeeswalk, we generate seven to 9 occasions 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 quick. slightly 3 years after the bleak assault that modified his lifestyles 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 likely one of the such a lot awesome, inspiring, and compelling tales within the heritage of activities.
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Watching that innocent Iraqi man die in the hail of gunfire at the police station only heightened those feelings. S. body count in four months. In April, it got much worse—135 American soldiers died. S. troops. Since then, only one month has surpassed that figure: November 2004, when 137 American soldiers lost their lives. Almost every day, I called my parents back in Mississippi. They were worried but they did their best to reassure me. “What’s going to happen is going to happen,” they often told me.
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. But beyond the fear, I always felt that joining the military was the right move for me. The decision reflected my deep desire to live life on my own terms. To better understand, I have to tell you about the little place that shaped me. Little Rock, Mississippi, is just a friendly bend in State Highway 494, boasting a small grocery store, six churches, and 1,636 people.
I was just thrilled to have had that single moment. I didn’t know it then, but my college football career was over. When we opened spring practices in 2000, I was bigger and felt more comfortable on the field. One moment during a scrimmage still stands out. The quarterback faked a pitch to the running back, held the ball, and made a bootleg sprint toward the sideline. He was coming right at me. It was time for me to be accountable to my teammates, but on this play, no other tackler beat me to the punch.
Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War by Kortney Clemons