SPC Andrew Wilson
Mission Accomplished on November 9, 2013
Army SPC Andrew Wilson was on his first deployment when he suffered the amputations of his right leg below the knee, and his left leg above the knee, after stepping on an IED while on a foot patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan on October 19, 2011.
While patrolling in an area that had been the location of an IED explosion 3 days earlier, SPC Wilson was part of the team clearing the “Red Zone”. Stepping on a pressure plate, only 2 feet from the bomb itself, Andrew and his best friend were both blown into the air by the blast. With his platoon frantically working to save his life, and as his low blood pressure prevented him from receiving any morphine to numb the pain, Andrew’s platoon talked and sang to him while carrying him for 700 meters (nearly half a mile) to the medevac helicopter.
Transported to local hospitals, SPC Wilson was stabilized in-country and airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany before arriving at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he continues his treatments and therapies at this time.
SPC Wilson enjoys running, scuba diving, and target shooting. He looks forward to returning to college and earning a degree in physical therapy, and eventually becoming a personal trainer. He is looking forward to living in the area where he was raised and being close to his parents and siblings.
SPC Wilson would like to thank those who have been encouraging him on his journey to recovery. When asked if there was something he would like to share with those who are helping to make his specially adapted home a reality he shared the following: “Having an adapted home will provide a comfort physically, mentally, and financially which will greatly reduce any anxiety about my future; something I have worried about since the moment of my injury. Thank you for supporting me and this amazing organization.”