Wounded Warrior Luke Wilson
2013 - The three years on active duty -- as an Army Ranger -- largely
made Luke Wilson who he is today. We went over to Iraq expecting the
worst," Luke says. "Unfortunately, that's pretty much what we got. It
was hot. It was dusty. I learned I don't like getting shot at. "We were
in southern Baghdad on April 8, 2004," Luke recalls. "I was in the third
vehicle of a convoy. There was a Bradley in front of the convoy, and it
got hit with an IED (improvised explosive device). Then the insurgents
opened up on us with small arms fire and RPGs (rocket-propelled
grenades). We returned fire."
Luke was transported to the combat support hospital in Baghdad's Green
Zone, where his leg was amputated, before receiving further treatment at
Germany's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and ultimately landing at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The support Luke received early on from
Wounded Warrior Project« (WWP) let him know others cared for his
well-being. "Wounded Warrior Project made contact with me when I was
still at Walter Reed," he says. "When I arrived there, I had nothing but
a hospital gown, so getting the WWP backpack really meant a lot to me."
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