After Losing a Leg in Iraq, One War Vet Makes it His Mission to Give Back to His Community

A wounded warrior comes back as a good samaritan when the snow falls.

Justin Anderson had unfortunately lost his leg as a result of an injury he sustained in Iraq.  He was shot in the knee, causing his heart to stop.


“That’s when my heart stopped the first time, and they actually had to do CPR on me,” Anderson added. “I didn’t know if I was going to die that day or not … I just kept doing what I was trained to do.”

The brave soldier went on to complete more than 380 missions with his unit before he was medically retired. After he finished his tour in Iraq, Justin came back to the U.S. to be fitted for the wheelchair he would spend the rest of his life in.

Justin chose to give back to his community, even after losing a limb

Justin chose to give back to his community, even after losing a limb

The war veteran was humbled by the experience. After surviving a leg amputation, he chose to see the silver lining of being in a wheelchair.

With his new found capabilities, Justin was determined to give back to the community of Bellevue, Nebraska. He felt it was the least he could do for the neighbors that had so lovingly supported him in a time of need.

During the heavy snowfall, Justin had the bright idea to put a snow blade on his off-road wheelchair. As a former motorcycle mechanic, he was more than capable to complete the task.

Since then, he’s made it his mission every winter to plow the snow off the sidewalks and driveways in his neighborhood.


“I don’t want kids or parents to slip or have to go traipsing through the snow and possibly hurt themselves,” Anderson said.

Few would maintain the grateful and helpful attitude Justin had in his daily life. To walk a mile in his shoes would force many people into a deep depression.

Even after his brief encounter with death, Justin says he doesn’t need any recognition. The knowledge that he’s done a good deed is praise enough.

“…even if I didn’t get any response from anybody or nobody said thank you … I’d still do it.”

See the clip below to see Justin in action.

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Source: Huffington Post