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.

Homes For Our Troops built Eric a specially adapted custom 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 custom home, he has made significant progress in his recovery and takes boxing and Martial Arts classes.