SGT (Ret.) Eric Lund, USA
Eric was deployed to Afghanistan for his first deployment on January 3, 2012. On the Sunday morning of May 2nd, he remembers being in an MATV, but has no memory of hitting the IED. His memory began to resurface while he was in ICU in San Antonio. It was patchy and came with nightmares. His first memories were being wheeled outside and how hot it was.
The story of his injury to this point is pieced together. Eric was a gunner when his vehicle (lead vehicle) ran over a large IED that flipped the vehicle. The 2nd vehicle, also, ran over the IED. This was the start of an ambush ensued by gunfire. Eric was the most severely injured of the 10 men. He lost his right arm on the scene. These 2 quotes on his update board in the hospital give us a glimpse of what he endured and revealed his character.
5/22/2012, 6:27 PM – It may be a long time before you read this, but know that you are one hell of a fighter and I’m proud to say that I served with you. When all signs pointed to a bad ending for you, you didn’t give up, you kept fighting – you gave me strength that day just seeing you fight your own fight inside a world of a #&(^) storm…. Jackson
5/26/2012- I am not sure how to really express this, but I think the Lund family might want to know he (Eric) showed amazing courage and faith in his brothers. While Doc Howland was treating him, he was able to talk to us. He was calm; he knew that Doc was going to take care of him. He was more concerned about us than himself. He wanted to walk to the CCP (Casualty Collection Point) worried that the soldiers who would carry him would be too exposed. His composure was the very model of martial virtue.”
Eric Lund joined the National Guard when he was 19 and deployed on his first tour to Iraq. Unbeknownst to him, he would return from that deployment without his arms. When he was hit with the IED, he suffered multiple fractures including pelvic, back, orbital, jaw, nose, etc… His right arm amputation occurred in the combat zone and they later had to take the 2nd arm as well.
Eric now struggles to do simple things like brush his teeth and even showering. Everything is harder now that he doesn’t have his arms and hands. HelpingaHero.org built a home that includes an automatic shower and an automatic toilet that does everything Eric would have done with his hands. He types with his toes on his computer. Ludington has embraced him and he hopes one day to have an arm transplant.