SGT ERIC EDMUNDSON
New Bern, North Carolina
Mission Accomplished on Oct. 6, 2007
Sergeant Eric Edmundson was a member of the 4th Squadron,172nd Stryker Brigade,14th Cavalry, stationed out of Fort Wainwright, AK.
On Oct. 2, 2005, the Stryker vehicle he was driving hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Iraq. Eric sustained serious injuries and was eventually airlifted to Germany. On Oct. 7, 2005, he arrived back home in the United States to receive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.
Eric’s injuries sustained from the blast were shrapnel wounds to his abdomen (which required the removal of his spleen), and right leg, and fracture of the T4, T5 vertebrae. While awaiting transport to Germany, Eric went into cardiac arrest and was able to be revived. Because of the time taken to revive Eric, he sustained an anoxic brain injury. Due to the anoxic brain injury, he originally could not walk, talk, eat or drink. He was able to regain his ability to do some of these things with medical technology, therapy and time.
Eric has put up a courageous fight and is a living example of a true warrior. He is not the only warrior though, please continue to acknowledge and remember the many other service members who have been injured and continue to serve proudly. They remain strong even though they are fighting a different fight.
Homes For Our Troops built Eric an accessible home in New Bern, N.C., in 2007. Eric and his wife Stephanie now have two children, Gracie and Hunter. Since moving into his specially adapted home, he has made significant progress in his recovery and takes boxing and Martial Arts classes.