After being injured in Iraq and being medically retired from the US Army; SSG Michael Burns found that losing something that was such a big part of his life was starting to take a tremendous toll on him mentally and physically.
He had gone from doing three deployments overseas, training and fighting with his brothers in arms, doing PT everyday, but most of all he missed fishing with his wife and kids and hunting the most. SSG Michael Burns was inured in Iraq in 2003; he was hit by a mortar rocket that eventually would cause him to lose his left leg above the knee.
He had always loved to hunt and fish and spend time outdoors but due to his injuries and the constant pain he was in, it made it very difficult to do much of anything; he was very limited on how far he could walk to do much hunting. He did a few deer hunts with a veterans organization but knew that he longed for the day he could stalk a deer, sit in a hunting blind for long periods of time and walk the distance to get where he needed to be set up for the perfect shot.
On February 10th 2015, the time finally came to have an above the knee amputation. Mike was determined to heal quickly and be back out hunting, fishing, running and playing with his kids as quickly as possibly… and that is exactly what happened. . .Exactly two months to the day after the amputation surgery and four days after receiving his new Ottobock X3 leg, he went hunting with a buddy of his. It was an experience he will never forget but hopes to have more and more of now that he can walk the distances, climb up hills, step over barbwire and sit in a blind.
April 10th 2015; Michael shot two turkeys with one shot. What an amazing way to spend an afternoon and celebrate getting a new leg that is going to change SSG Michael Burns’ life forever.
He looks forward to doing more hunting and fishing than he has ever been able to and getting his four kids and wife outdoors again and enjoy the beauty and nature that God has blessed our Great Nation with.
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