Veterans Day, November 11, 2006 changed everything for US Army Specialist Jace Badia, 22. An 8-year-old boy blew up Badia's Bradley Fighting Vehicle with an IED in Ramadi, Iraq. Badia lost his left leg in the explosion, his right calf was shattered but saved by doctors.
March 2007 changed everything again. Jace had known his wife Susan since the first grade, and for the first time since his injuries, they came home to Tampa, FL from Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. After almost a year of traumatic firsts life, including pregnancy, a whirlwind marriage, bootcamp and his injury in Iraq, Jace, Susan and baby Kylee tried to be family.
The frail bones in his mangled leg were still growing together, just as he was with his wife and kids.
But in March there was a chance he could lose his leg and his family.