Capt. Dan Luckett – one of America’s finest

I have met many soldiers in my travels. These are some of the finest folks you’ll ever encounter. While I have sometimes disagreed with why and how the US conducts war, the bottom line is that these folks are putting their lives on the line for our country – and our freedom. That is the ultimate dedication and commitment to your country. Nothing epitomizes this commitment and dedication more than the story of Capt. Dan Luckett – one of America’s finest.

Capt. Dan Luckett

Capt. Dan Luckett

When a bomb exploded under Dan Luckett’s Army Humvee in Iraq two years ago — blowing off one of his legs and part of his foot — the first thing he thought was: “That’s it. You’re done. No more Army for you.”

But two years later, the 27-year-old Norcross, Georgia, native is back on duty — a double-amputee fighting on the front lines of America’s Afghan surge in one of the most dangerous parts of this volatile country.

Luckett’s remarkable recovery can be attributed in part to dogged self-determination. But technological advances have been crucial: Artificial limbs today are so effective, some war-wounded like Luckett are not only able to do intensive sports like snow skiing, they can return to active duty as fully operational soldiers. The Pentagon says 41 American amputee veterans are now serving in combat zones worldwide.

Capt. Brant Auge, Luckett’s 30-year-old company commander, said Luckett was as capable as every soldier in his company, and treated no different.

“He’s a soldier who just happens to be missing a leg,” said Auge, who is from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. “He tries to play it down as much as possible, he doesn’t like to bring a lot of attention to it.”

The next time you hear someone bad mouth the military, tell them about Capt. Dan Luckett – one of America’s finest.

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