Gunnery Sergeant Tom McRae & his daughter Aidan
Gunnery Sergeant Thomas deployed twice more, both times to Afghanistan: once in early 2010 and again in late 2011. On January 16, 2012, in the town of Sangin, his life took a turn. “We had a bomb disposal robot that got stuck in a compound,” he explains. “I went back to the truck in an area we had cleared to get some equipment, and as I was heading back I stepped on an IED that was 15-20 pounds. I lost both legs above the knees, lost my left arm above the elbow and had a bad head wound – something hit my eye socket and shot bone fragments into my brain.