By: Linda Hepler
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About 2.5 million American military personnel served in the Vietnam war, and thus far, more than 300,000 American men and women have served in Iraq. Most of these troops come home more or less intact. But for some, serving their country results in injuries leading to permanent disability – both physical and mental. How do these men and women adjust to the sudden changes that occur with traumatic injury? …

Conquering the Mountain

On practice days, Heath Calhoun leaves his Aspen apartment by eight in the morning. He throws his ski gear into the back of his Nissan truck and drives to the slopes. On the mountain, Calhoun, a handsome thirty-year-old with a shaved head, carries his equipment onto the snow and sits down. Then he takes off his legs.
His prosthetic legs, that is. In 2003 Calhoun, then a staff sergeant stationed in Mosul, Iraq, lost both legs …

Golf tournament brings veterans together before Memorial Day

Sunday, May 30, 2010
By Bailey Reutzel ~ Southeast Missourian
Wounded Soldier Foundation Golf Tournament brought military veteran Heath Calhoun to Cape Girardeau as the keynote speaker Friday.
Calhoun is a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and helped get the Wounded Warrior Bill, which allows payments of $25,000 to $100,000 to service members who suffer life-altering injuries while serving, passed through Congress in 2005. He talked to the volunteers and the 32 four-person golf teams about his experiences as an injured veteran …

Wounded US veterans find healing in sports

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Losing his legs during a rocket attack in Iraq seven years ago left Heath Calhoun unable to fulfill his desire to serve his country.
Representing the United States at the Paralympic Winter Games is helping fill that void.
An Alpine skier, Calhoun was the U.S. flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies in Vancouver a week ago, and he finished eighth in the sit-ski Super-G on Friday.
“My military service was kind of left incomplete; …

Crown Royal Presents The Heath Calhoun 400

Fans Select Virginia Native as Grand-Prize Winner“ Crown Royal Presents The Heath Calhoun 400
DAYTONA, FL (February 12, 2010)  A special patriotic ceremony today at Daytona International Speedway revealed Heath Calhoun, a retired Army squad leader with the 101st Airborne, who lost both of his legs above the knees in an explosion in Iraq, as the grand-prize winner of the annual Crown Royal Your Name Here 400 program.

Heath Calhoun lives in Clarksville, Tenn., and was chosen …

Meet Heath Calhoun

Providing encouragement and counseling for other amputees has become a serious interest for Heath. During his rehabilitation at Walter Reed, Heath became acquainted with the Wounded Warrior Project. The shared experiences of the groups members proved to be invaluable to him during his recovery and later he wanted to so the same for others. So he began sharing his experiences, successes, struggles and the unique challenges that amputees face daily. Eventually, the group asked him to be a spokesperson and now he meets with, and counsels the newly injured around the country. He also became an Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) certified peer visitor. Through this organization he makes himself available to others who have lost limbs and provides emotional and informational support to them.

Additionally, Heath actively works as an advocate for the needs of the wounded soldier. His most notable accomplishment was helping to get the Wounded Warrior Bill passed through Congress in 2005. Known as traumatic injury protection, the legislation financially assists wounded soldiers and their families during the months, and sometimes years, of grueling rehabilitation. During his recovery, he was introduced to various adaptive sporting events and he immediately became an enthusiast. It seems that there is not a sport that Heath is not willing to try and, according to many, in which he doesn’t excel. read more

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