Anthony “Doc” Ameen – From Battlefield Tragedy to Founding Wings for Warriors
My guest in this episode of MGR Unplugged is a very honest and inspirational man. His name is Anthony “Doc” Ameen. He’s a combat veteran who was severely wounded in 2008 while operating in Afghanistan. He underwent 34 surgeries to reconstruct several parts of his body, however, the lower half of his left leg had to be amputated.
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He’s been featured in Huffington Post, People Magazine, and The New York Times, among other publications, and he’s also the recipient of the Purple Heart, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Valor Distinction, and two Veteran of the Year Awards.
This conversation is intense at times as we recount the most excruciating times of his life. I hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please leave us a comment for him or for all other combat veterans who are in need of our support as they return home from duty.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1981, “Doc” Ameen enlisted in the U.S. Navy, becoming a Hospital Corpsman. In 2008, Doc was deployed with the 2nd Battalion/7th Marines 1st Marine Division in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and was critically wounded while running to render medical aid to a severely wounded Marine. After 34 surgeries, and almost 3 years of physical therapy, Doc regained walking.
In 2011, he was inspired to help other veterans struggling with their recoveries. Doc founded Wings For Warriors, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that helps veterans’ families travel to visit their wounded heroes; also providing benefits counseling and resources to negotiate health care benefits. Wings For Warriors has served more than 5.000 wounded warriors and 300 military families nationwide.
Anthony now happily lives in Phoenix with his family, wife, and four children.
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