My name is Liam. I'm a POG, mos being 08xx. I served as the CAG rep for 2/8 in Karma and Saqualleah (spelling??) 2006-2007. Then with 3/5 Kilo 3rd platoon and 1/5 Bravo 2010-2011 in Sangin. I was actually attached to the platoon Abbate was in when he was killed.
On a mounted patrol, I took shrapnel from a poorly made double 155 in 2007. Then stepped on a pressure plate May 2011 amputating my left leg above the knee and severely damaging my right limbs.
I spent 4yrs at Walter enduring 50+ surgeries and learning basic functions: walking, writing, bathing, dressing, etc.
I began racing cars and learned how to operate a clutch. My skills behind the wheel allowed me to go pro in 2015..
I retired in 2015 and moved to FL but had to return to Walter Reed in 2017 for what was supposed to be 1 surgery and a 6mos stay. Unfortunatley, due to complications and injuries, my stay turned into 3yrs, and 13 surgeries. I took this time to finish my degree at Georgetown and graduated last spring with honors.
I finally moved back to FL August of last year. 5wks ago, my right knee gave out causing me to fall and break my foot and snap my quad tendon. I had surgery on my foot 4wks ago and am scheduling a return to WR to try to repair my knee.
In the mean time, I am learning how to shoot left-handed and currently have 4 pistols and 2 ARs.
Through PB Abbate I'm hoping to possibly establish new relationships, learn differen coping mechanisms and possibly find a new hobby besides cars and guns