By Jim Urquhart
It’s been just over two years since Sgt. Matt Krumwiede’s life was changed forever by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Until last month, it had been even longer since he had last set foot in his home in Pocatello, Idaho.
On Sunday, June 29, Matt came home for a short visit for the first time since a homemade bomb tore away both his legs while he was on patrol in Kandahar.
Many of those who were there to welcome him back last saw him before he was injured. He still is the spitting image of his twin brother Mark, who is also in the army, but now Matt walks on prosthetic legs.
Despite his injuries, it could have been so much worse. Since meeting Matt, I’ve heard many people say they were surprised he lived through the explosion that hit him on June 12, 2012.
Since that day he has endured dozens of surgeries, but an operation this spring to close up an open wound in his stomach finally seems to have given him real independence.