A Soldier's Story

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    In June of 2008, Chief Warrant Officer Gary Linfoot, 40,was on his 23rd tour in Iraq conducting a combat operations mission when the AH-6 helicopter he was flying experienced a mechanical failure and crashed leaving him seriously injured.

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    Linfoot, shown before the accident, was paralyzed from the waist down.

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    Linfoot, shown before the accident, described the scene after the helicopter went down. "I immediately felt my back explode upon impact," Linfoot told FOXNews.com in an interview. "It was when I attempted to egress that I realized my legs did not work and that I was paralyzed."

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    The first of his surgeries was performed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and within three days, he was transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. where he was reunited with his wife of 17 years, Mari.

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    Mari Linfoot, shown pushing Gary in his wheelchair, knew she needed a better way to communicate with their family and friends. So she turned to a Web site called CaringBridge.org for support.

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    Gary and Mari are shown with Mr. John Dean, the generous man who bought the IBOT wheelchair for him.

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    Gary is shown with two other wounded veterans.

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    Gary, his wife Mari and their three kids shown at their house in Clarksville, Tenn., before the helicopter accident that left him paralyzed on June 1, 2008 in Iraq.

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    Gary is shown with his wife Mari before he was injured in an helicopter accident in Iraq. The June 1, 2008 crash left him paralyzed from the waist down.

    Courtesy: Linfoot Family
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    Chief Warrant Officer Gary Linfoot is shown shaking hands with President Bush. Linfoot was on 23rd tour in Iraq when he was seriously injured in a helicopter accident.

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    Gary is shown next to his beloved Shelby Mustang that he hopes to one day be able to drive again.

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