SPC JOSHUA WELLS

Summit, MS

Mission Accomplished on Sept. 18, 2010

 

Army SPC Joshua Wells lost both legs above the knee during an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) attack in Iraq in November 2007. After volunteering to swap duties with a comrade, SPC Wells was injured while driving a Stryker vehicle on a routine refueling mission. Following the lead vehicle, SPC Wells was passing through an Iraqi Army checkpoint when four EFPs were detonated, immobilizing the Stryker vehicle.

Looking down after the explosion, SPC Wells realized that both of his legs were missing. A team member pulled him from the vehicle while a medic applied tourniquets preparing SPC Wells for medevac. First airlifted to Balad, Iraq, SPC Wells was immediately flown to Landstuhl, Germany and finally to Brook Army Medical Center in Texas where he began his recuperation and rehabilitation.

Joshua enjoys martial arts, hunting, and video games. His future goal is to “live a long healthy life, walking and living with friends and family. My goal is to live life a little more each day. I have learned to take life one day at a time.”

Homes For Our Troops presented Joshua with his home on Sept. 18, 2010. Thank you to all who supported his project.