Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Amputee Soldier Going Beyond in Ranger School

Amputee Soldier set to attend Ranger School
Tuesday, May. 06, 2014

When 1st Lt. David Brunett lost his leg after an IED explosion in Afghanistan three years ago it permanently changed his physical appearance, but never changed his mind about going to Ranger School. As he prepares to begin the intense 61-day course, which begins Sunday, Brunett said his only goal is to give it his very best.

"Rangers are the best Soldiers in the Army, and I think every guy wants to test himself in that way," he said.

"I'm glad to have the opportunity to do this and push myself past the limit."

In April 2011, Brunett deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, with 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, from Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He was returning from a dismounted patrol when a roadside IED exploded, severely injuring his left leg. After doctors told him his injuries would prevent him from living an active lifestyle, Brunett agreed to have his leg amputated in July 2012. He was reassigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and received five months of rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid.
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