SGT Eric Hunter
SGT Eric Hunter is a U.S. Army soldier who was patrolling an area in Afghanistan on May 31,2012, when he stepped on an IED, and was severely injured resulting in the loss of his right leg, his right wrist was shattered, his right forearm was broken, his left leg shattered and is undergoing limb salvage his knee was broken, his left pinky was snapped at the joint, and he sustained a lot of soft tissue damage from all of the shrapnel. He was flown to 3 different hospitals in 5 days before coming back to America.
Eric ,wife Kenna, and his 2 (step) children, Kensley and Jayce, lived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland until Hunter was medically retired January 2016.
In the past 3 years, Eric has had 61 surgeries including amputations, bone and skin grafts, and the rebuilding of his left leg.
This was Eric’s second tour overseas. The first was in Iraq in late 2010-2011. Eric is with 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell, KY.
Heart Songs for Veterans awarded SGT Eric Hunter the Veteran of the Year award for his bravery, sacrifice and honor to our country.