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Incredible Story Behind The Picture That Became An Internet Sensation

Kendra Coleman is a young, attractive woman and Army vet whose picture of her and her prosthetic leg went viral across the internet and social media. But do you know the FULL story?

At age 20 Kendra knew she wanted to be in the Army to fight the War on Terror. She joined in 2007 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 to help train local police forces. But on May 11, 2010 her life changed forever…

“I was hugging a wall to clear a corner, and after I cleared the corner I looked down. That’s when I saw a randomly placed pile of tires. I could feel the evil in the air.”

An improvised explosive device (IED) immediately exploded and she was knocked to the ground. “I knew I was hit,” she said. “I reached down to my left leg pocket to grab my tourniquet. My pocket wasn’t there, just the remaining pieces of what was my left leg.”

She was then transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) where she began her long rehab journey, and in the process inspired a nation! 

She worked her way back, and with the help of her prosthetic leg was even able to begin snowboarding again! She is now headed to college has an important message to all those experiencing the same situation: “Don’t let the enemy determine your future—improvise and overcome.”

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The Story Behind the Photo, CPL Kendra Coleman

“I want to give back to the Soldiers who fight for my freedom and sacrifice their life for me,” said AW2 Soldier CPL Kendra Coleman about her future.

At 20-years-old, she knew she wanted to fight in the war on terrorism and joined the Army on July 25, 2007. She served with the 173D Special Troops Battalion, part of the 173D Airborne Brigade Combat Team as a military police (MP) officer and paratrooper. She deployed to Afghanistan on November 19, 2009, and her job was to train Afghan police and keep the local village of Charkh safe.

On May 11, 2010, she was clearing a village, she recalled, “I was hugging a wall to clear a corner, and after I cleared the corner I looked down. That’s when I saw a randomly placed pile of tires. I could feel the evil in the air.”

An improvised explosive device (IED) immediately exploded and she was knocked to the ground. “I knew I was hit,” she said. “I reached down to my left leg pocket to grab my tourniquet. My pocket wasn’t there, just the remaining pieces of what was my left leg.”

She is currently assigned to a Warrior Transition Unit and receives care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Brooke Army Medical Center. “WRAMC has given me my life back,” she said.“The medical care I have received here at WRAMC has been phenomenal.” Now using a prosthetic leg, she said, “I almost feel like me again.”

 

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