Inspiring Texans Don’t Let Amputations Slow them Down

Certain activities help define the character of Texans: hunting, horseback riding and fighting for your nation. These physical pursuits are made much difficult for those who suffer amputations, but the obstacles can be overcome with determination and grit.

The Army's Web site reports Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding of Groesbeck, Texas is the first amputee to graduate from the Special Forces Sniper Course.

"At first, (my classmates) were shocked to realize I was missing a leg," the Green Beret said. "Then, they realized 'Wow, he's doing everything I'm doing!'"

The recipient of a Silver Star is now a sniper instructor.

Strong Bodies and Minds

In Hockley, a group of amputees of all ages showed that same sort of strength of body and mind when they went horseback riding at the Therapeutic Equestrian Center, according to the Spring Observer.

Jim Williams, director of the Center, said "Nothing can duplicate the movement of the human body like riding a horse. For many people, it provides an amazing and healing experience to regain that sense of movement."

Three hundred miles north of the Houston suburb, in Olney, 100 people or so gather each year for an amputee dove hunt.

The Thrill of the Hunt

Participant Doug Davis lost both arms and both legs in 1994 to a blood infection. He doesn't let the amputations prevent him from enjoying the outdoors, the camaraderie and the thrill of the competition.

Nearly a decade ago, Pam Prepura of Chicago met Davis after losing an arm in a car accident. Devastated by the loss, she nonetheless made her way to the dove hunt, finding new friends and a real sense of belong.

"I just couldn't stop smiling," she said. "It was weird. It was strange to see two-armed people."

Attendees also enjoy a golf tournament and games of horseshoes at the annual event.

From the Green Beret serving his country, to the horseback riders challenging themselves, to the hunters refusing to give up, the stories of courageous amputees inspire us all. Despite their losses, they simply refuse to give up.

Fighting for Fairness

For many amputees, one of the greatest fights they face comes when they take on the people who are liable for their amputation injury . It typically means being willing to go to court to battle a big insurance company in order to receive fair compensation for medical expenses, diminished earning power and pain and suffering.

A Texas personal injury attorney can help amputees who have suffered the loss of a limb because of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. Contact a personal injury lawyer for an assessment of the facts of your case and assistance in recovering damages.