Michael J. McNaughton served with Louisiana National Guard and he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 where he stepped on a land mine causing severe injuries. Mike lost two fingers, his right leg and a piece of his left leg. He was granted a medical discharge from the military and began a career that has focused on helping wounded veterans. Mike’s own road to recovery has had its highs and lows. At Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. President George W. Bush paid a visit. Still on morphine, Mike challenged the President to a race saying “One day, I’m going to be able to run… One day I’m going to beat you.” In 2004, they went running together.
Mike lives in Denham Springs, Louisiana with his wife, Kim, and their children. After working for Ride 2 Recovery, he became the Director of Outreach for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. He is passionate about helping veterans and their families overcome the challenges of a catastrophic injury.