Anthony Ameen, a former combat medic and Purple Heart recipient, was grappling with the future.
For years after he lost his left leg to an IED explosion in Afghanistan while running to rescue a wounded Marine, Anthony “Doc” Ameen lived with an open wound on his remaining leg as a constant reminder of the horror he experienced on July 21, 2008, in the Battle of Nowzad.
In 2008, I was serving as a hospital corpsman in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when my unit came under attack. As I rushed to help an injured Marine, I stepped on an IED. And in that split second, my life changed.