After reading Double-amputee returns to war in the September 26, 2010 edition of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, I was able to better appreciate what our soldiers are confronted with on a regular basis. This article was written by Todd Pitman.
According to the author, “Luckett was a young platoon leader on his first tour in Iraq when an explosively formed penetrator-a bomb that hurls an armor-piercing lump of molten copper-ripped through his vehicle on a Baghdad street on Mother’s Day 2008”.
As a result of that painful ordeal he lost his right foot and his left leg. Because of advances in technology, part of his right foot was able to be saved. Eventually he was able to get a prosthetic leg to replace his left leg.
It was always Dan Luckett’s goal to return to active duty. After completing rigorous training and testing he was promoted to captain. In May of this past year he was deployed for service in Afghanistan. He serves in combat zones. Now while that might seem unusual it is not. According to the article, “The Pentagon says 41 American amputee veterans serve in combat zones worldwide”. Absolutely amazing!
After reading this touching piece my heart was filled with so much gratitude for Captain Dan Luckett. He teaches us a lesson in courage and succeeding against all odds.
And today, Dan Luckett, I happily honor and salute you as today’s American hero. May God be with you as you put your life on the line for our freedom every day.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 26, 2010 edition, page A3