US Army SGT Rusty Dunagan always knew he would join the military. After the 9/11 attacks, his conviction only grew stronger. He joined the Army in 2006.
On September 22, 2010, during his second overseas tour, Rusty was on a patrol in Afghanistan when he encountered an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast threw him 20 meters into a creek, amputating both of his legs above the knee and his left arm at the elbow. After awaking from a coma, Rusty was taken to Walter Reed National Medical Center and later to Brooke Army Medical Center to complete his therapy. Rusty has overcome serious infections and endured over thirty surgeries.
Rusty is a father and stepfather to five children with his wife Angie. He says, “The most instrumental person in my recovery was my wife. I was also motivated by the other soldiers who were improving and working hard in therapy.” Today, Rusty and his family reside in their custom specially adapted smart home in Edmond, Oklahoma.