IAmA US Army Combat Medic who lost his legs in Southern Afghanistan. AMA
I am a 22 year old former U.S. Army Combat Medic (when I say former I mean I am still active duty Army, I just can't perform my role as a medical provider) that was stationed in Fort Lewis, WA before that deployment. I saw my fair share of combat and combat casualty care while on my short tour of duty in Afghanistan. I lost my legs after stepping on a carbon rod pressure plate IED that had been placed in a door way. I have 3 inches below my left knee left and I was through the knee on my right leg but had to be taken up 4 inches due to not having enough "meat" left on my right thigh. I have been diagnosed with PTSD, Depression, and Convergence Palsy since the explosion. Currently I am going through multiple doctor appointments and physical therapy so I can lead a life somewhat similar to the one I lived before the incident.
You can ask me about anything regarding the medical care I gave/received or about the EVAC from Point of Injury to the Nearest care facility/ Germany. I am also very knowledgeable on how the Wounded Warrior Program works since I was stationed at Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio, TX) For the first 7 months of my care and have been stationed at Navy Medical Center San Diego (Balboa Park, San Diego, CA) since this last February waiting to retire out of the Army. I can talk about the benifits the army has given me in addition to my regular "Active Duty" pay/benifits also.
I have been trying to get the video of when it happened but my old Platoon Sergeant had it deleted shortly after the Injury.
Proof Album (Timeline)
Also a Newspaper article from where my Father was living at the time. He goes off point in the end and the story was slightly different from what he was originally told, though it was pretty close.
The business insider did an article about this AMA, check it out.