By: Linda Hepler
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? …
After losing his legs in a grenade blast in Iraq, 101st Airborne Ranger Heath Calhoun endures a tortuous recovery. Years later, the Virginia native finds freedom in an unlikely location, on the ski slopes of Aspen, Colorado. Calhoun earns a coveted chance to represent his country again–as an athlete on the 2010 Paralympic ski team. With gold in the balance, Calhoun commits everything to the challenge.
The 13-minute film premiered in May 2010 at Colorado’s 5 …
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 …
It is my great honor to join all of you tonight at Lane Stadium.
The presence of loved ones and the great sense of satisfaction at having completed a rewarding journey will likely stand out in far greater relief.
But tonight I hope to be able to offer a few brief simple truths for your consideration as you go into an increasingly complex world.
Here are four:
1) Life is precious and it passes by too quickly. Plan ahead, but live each day to …
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 …
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; …
Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun lost both legs in a 2003 grenade attack in Iraq. But that didn’t stop him.
After the rocket hit, I was lying in the back of the truck, and I could see that my legs were messed up—my trousers were ripped, and I was bleeding pretty bad. I tried to stand up. A bunch of men from my unit held me down, and I went into shock.
I ended up getting a double …
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 …