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The Modern Day DBA Casualty

Afghan bomb victim, Chris Fleming, hunts down new life

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 23, 2011

by Wally Spiers at BND.com

After his legs were damaged in an explosion in Afghanistan, Chris Fleming couldn’t have imagined a normal life, much less a hunting adventure in the wilds of New Mexico.

But in December, the former Collinsville resident found himself hiking through mountains and hills on his new legs, shooting a trophy elk courtesy of the Illinois Wild Turkey Federation.

Fleming, 28, is a 2000 Collinsville High School graduate and spent eight years in the U.S. Marines. Then he signed on as a security specialist with a private contractor and went to work in Afghanistan.

On June 25, 2009, the truck he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device. The next thing he knew, he was laying in the back of a pickup, badly bleeding. Medical workers quickly stabilized him and had him flown back to the United States in hopes of saving his remaining foot.

But it had to be amputated, and he was left to learn to walk again using artificial legs.

Fleming said he stayed in the Collinsville home of his mom, Pat Fleming, while he was getting medical treatment and new legs. He also was getting a new lease on life with support from family and friends.

“After I was injured, I was really depressed,” Chris Fleming said. “I was down and out and venting to my buddies.”

But plenty of people offered support, and he made it his mission to get better.

He has a website on http://www.caringbridge.org, (type chrisfleming in the “visit a website” space). It is packed with pictures both of the incident and of his recovery, includes pictures of his new legs and a race between him in a wheelchair and his mom and son, Hunter, on a riding lawn mower.  Please see the entire story here

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