SGT LATSEEN BENSON

Elizabeth, CO

Mission Accomplished on October 22, 2011

Latseen Benson

In November 2005 Army Sergeant Latseen Benson was on his second deployment to Iraq. While on patrol with his unit, his vehicle came upon an improvised explosive device (IED), halting the convoy in Kirkuk, Iraq.

SGT Benson was ordered to search around his vehicle and while doing so, a bomb buried in a grain sack exploded causing the traumatic amputations of both of his legs. First aid measures by members of his unit saved his life as he was transported to a local hospital in Balad. Upon being stabilized, SGT Benson was airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany where he would face the first surgeries required to begin his recovery process.

Arriving to the United States, SGT Benson spent nine months as an inpatient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before being released to out-patient treatment in Texas.

SGT Benson enjoys spending time his wife, Jessica and son, Gage. Active in adaptive sports, Latseen participates in skiing, scuba diving, tennis, softball, basketball, sit-volleyball, fishing, shooting and hand-cycling. He is a member of the VFW and the American Legion.

SGT Benson would like to thank everyone for their support. Living in a specially adapted home allows Latseen the opportunity to live a life with the freedom and independence he fought to preserve for this country.

*Initial project was a home renovation (12/15/2008)