Cpl James Boucher
Mission Accomplished on December 7, 2013
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Marine Corporal James “Michael” Boucher was on his second deployment when he lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Sangin, Afghanistan on June 12, 2011. While on a foot patrol with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, Cpl Boucher was struck by an IED resulting in the traumatic amputations of both of his legs above the knee and severe injuries to his left hand.
Landing in the crater created by the IED, and seeing that both of his feet were missing, Michael began treating himself; applying a tourniquet to his injured right leg. The Corpsman arrived immediately and took over the first aid, placing additional tourniquets while waiting for the MEDEVAC helicopter. Flown to Camp Bastian and next taken to Bagram Air Force Base, Cpl Boucher was eventually airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany before arriving at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he remained for more than 16 months enduring surgeries and rehabilitation before medically retiring and returning home to Georgia.
Cpl Boucher enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He is a member of the AMVETS and The Marine Corps League. Michael and another Homes for Our Troops veteran, Tony Mullis, have created their own non-profit called Amputee Outdoors; a program that takes wounded veterans on hunting and fishing trips.
Cpl Boucher is looking forward to living in his own home where he can live independently. He says, “This house will help me live a more normal life. It will be amazing to have a place of my own where I will have the freedom to move from room to room in my wheelchair. I thank each and every one of you for your support and for helping this amazing organization build me an accessible home. It really means a lot to me.”
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