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Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun: Iraq War veteran

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Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun: Iraq War veteran

Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun learned respect for the U.S. military from a young age. His father had served in Vietnam and his grandfather in World War II.

In 1999, Heath decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. He completed his Airborne Ranger and infantry training in Fort Benning, Georgia and was deployed to Iraq where he was assigned as a Squad Leader for the famed 101st Airborne Division. It was there, in 2003, his convoy was hit by a rocket propelled grenade.

"I was at the rear corner of the Humvee when the grenade hit the tail light right beside my right leg," he said. "I was lying on my side. I could see my legs were really messed up."

The injuries he sustained ultimately resulted in the loss of both legs above the knees. Another soldier was killed in the attack. Heath wears a bracelet etched with the soldier's name and date of the attack on his right wrist in honor of his service.

Heath has met Winter poolside.

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