Portage County (WAOW) - Amherst Army veteran Micah Krogstad was wounded while serving in Iraq in 2003, now he's being honored for his determination and service to the country during a Veterans Day Parade.
13 years ago Krogstad was shot during an ambush.
“The first IED went off between the third and fourth vehicles,” he said. “We were going about 30-35 miles per hour when the second IED went off under the truck.”
Krogstad lost feeling in his right arm, but it didn't stop him from fighting the enemy.
“We were in the middle of an ambush so I picked up the M4 left handed and started shooting back.” Krogstad said.
Once back to safety, the reality of the situation sunk in.
“I got the worst of it,” He said. “I got one bullet wound through my bicep, my tricep, took out my artery, I got shot in the back.”
Doctors told Krogstad he would have a slim to none chance of ever gaining functionality in his hand. After working day in and day out, he said he's now gained back 60-70 percent.
When Krogstad's Army advocate asked what they could do for him, it was a simple answer.
“I said well you can fix my hand,” he said.
That's when Krogstad was connected with UCLA's program called Operation Mend and underwent surgery. On November 11, he will walk alongside Operation Mend's crew during the New York Veteran's Day Parade.
Krogstad will undergo another surgery in Los Angeles later this month.