Help a Wounded Warrior and his family.
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Help a Wounded Soldier and his family. They are in desperate need and not just financially. Help them and show support for our real Heros. This is Michael and Teia's story.

June 18, 2012, Mike was conducting clearance operations for his platoon so ...
Help a Wounded Soldier and his family. They are in desperate need and not just financially. Help them and show support for our real Heros. This is Michael and Teia's story.

June 18, 2012, Mike was conducting clearance operations for his platoon so that they could get to their objective for the day. He noticed a possible IED. Personal came to check and found nothing. Using the mine detecting equipment to sweep over the instructed area. While sweeping toward an opening in the break of a wall, my right foot then triggered the pressure plate on the device, sending Mike airborne. He did a backflip and landed in the opposite direction he had been in originally. After hitting the ground Mike realized his leg had sustained injuries and was hanging in a very awkward position. Blood covered his pants, his boots and clothes were still on. He could see that his leg was broken near the middle, below his knee. However, he now knows it was broken in multiple places. His tibia and fibula had multiple compound fractures. Mike was air medevac to KAG, an airfield in Afghanistan. They did surgery on him there and stopped the bleeding. They preformed a fasciotomy (a surgery that is performed to prevent amputation), which is making two straight line incisions down each side of your leg. Mike had also sustained shrapnel injuries to his left inner thigh causing injuries as well. After he was stable enough, Mike was transported to Bogram Afghanistan where he was intubated and had more work done on his leg. Mike caught pneumonia while waiting to be transported to Germany. Once stablized again, he was then moved to Landstahl, Germany. He was there for two days receiving more care to both legs while there. Once stateside,was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He received three more surgeries. Mike had skin graphs, pins, and has lost 20% of his heel. He sustained permanent nerve damage from his ankle throught his right foot and was hospitalized for 22 days. He was finally released July 9th, having to use a wheelchair and needing assistance to dress and bathe among other things. He is now permanently disabled. Mike is still in physical therapy and is finally able to move his foot again. Mike, his wife Teia, and their 3 children have been financially strapped for a very long time. They need money to get their house sold and to pay off loans they have had to take out to feed their family. The Army has denied them twice for insurance because of Mike's injuries and it's time that we show that we stand with our Hero's. They have had to take out loans just to keep afloat and the stress from the PTSD as well as trying to recover from the injury is taking it's toll on them financially as well as mentally. Anything is possible when we help each other.
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