U.S. Army soldier Sergeant Matt Krumwiede, a member of the 5-20 Infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne Division, walks through poppies while on patrol in Zharay district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, June 11, 2012.

The day after this photo was taken, Krumwiede stepped on an improvised explosive device that tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity. Since then he has undergone dozens of surgeries and spent time recovering at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, learning to walk again with the use of prosthetic legs. In June 2014, he visited his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho for the first time since he was injured.


U.S. Army soldiers carry Sgt. Matt Krumwiede, who was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED), towards a Blackhawk Medevac helicopter in southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2012.