SSG MAURICE CRAFT
Mission Accomplished on Feb. 27, 2010
Army Staff Sergeant Maurice Craft was serving in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division when he sustained severe injuries as a result of an explosion in November 2003.
An improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in close proximity to SSG Craft, severing his left leg above the knee and causing multiple injuries to his right leg. Unable to be airlifted from the blast zone due to the ensuing battle, SSG Craft was evacuated by HMMWV to the nearest field hospital where they worked feverishly to save his life.
With injuries so extensive, Maurice’s left leg required immediate amputation, his prognosis grim. After being airlifted to Walter Reed, SSG Craft spent two years in Washington, D.C. furthering the rehabilitation of his right leg which has required extensive corrective surgeries, and learning to walk with his prosthetic.
A single father raising two young daughters, SSG Craft enjoys reading, playing musical instruments, writing, and playing with his children. He hopes to volunteer and someday work in prosthetics, assisting others who may find themselves in situations similar to his own. Homes For Our Troops is proud to have presented this home to Maurice Craft on February 27, 2010.