By Thomas Brennan | Jacksonville Daily News | starnewsonline.com | July 27, 2013
As the dust from the blast began to settle, Raymond Mackey knew his life had changed forever.
Vickki and Raymond Mackey gather in front of their Beulaville home. Mackey, a double amputee, landed his all-terrain mobility with aid from the non-profit, Semper Fi Fund. Photo by Thomas Brennan/Jacksonville Daily News
"We were doing a company-sized patrol near Marjah, Afghanistan – a sweep for improvised explosive devices," said the 50-year-old retired Marine sergeant. "I was with the rear element with a couple Marines when a Marine fell into a ditch. I reached down to help him up right as the explosive was detonated."
It was Dec. 23, 2009, and the explosive left Mackey with both legs amputated above the knee and wounds to his right arm and abdomen. Read the rest of this entry »