Sgt. Andrew Smith has retired from the U.S. Army, but still, even after the amputation of both legs, works with other military to help those who have been injured while serving the country.He and his …
Sgt. Andrew Smith has retired from the U.S. Army, but still, even after the amputation of both legs, works with other military to help those who have been injured while serving the country.
He and his wife, Tori, have put together an organization called Honoring the Sacrifice, and spoke about the agency at Tuesday's Rotary Club of Cleveland luncheon. The presentation was made on the week leading to Veterans Day.
"I was with three other military personnel, and followed in the footsteps of the two in front of me," explained Andrew Smith, of the 82nd Airborne Division.
However, while attempting to follow the footsteps of other soldiers while out in the field during a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he stepped on a land mine, causing major damage to his legs and other injuries.
Smith lost both his legs and suffered severe abdominal injuries, resulting in over 40 surgeries. Andrew and Tori spent almost two years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
The two wanted to help others who went through similar situations, which led to the creation of "Honoring the Sacrifice."
"There was constant despair in the family, especially with Andrew," Tori Smith said. The couple, who got married two months before he was deployed, knew there were those who were going through the same feeling.
"Honoring the Sacrifice" gives these men and women a chance to speak with others going through similar military injuries, as well as assisting with funds for these military personnel.
"We know that there are others going through the same thing," Tori Smith said, "and we wanted to help them as much as we could."
That led to the pair, who are both graduates of Lee University, to set up "Honoring the Sacrifice." The pair has set up a website (www.honoringthesacrifice.org) for those needing to receiving help.
Rotary Club President Bill Brown said that Sgt. Smith is a shining example of our military men and women, not only in his service to his country but helping others.
Veterans of the military who are members of the Rotary Club were recognized at the meeting, and many spoke to Sgt. Smith following his presentation and thanked him for his sacrifice.
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