After the attacks on September 11, 2001, Sergeant Mike Stafford re-enlisted in the National Guard and was stationed in Iraq. On August 8, 2005, his humvee was struck by a pressure plate IED, and his injuries resulted in a below-the-knee amputation of his left leg.
Sergeant Stafford was always an avid golfer, but has become more serious about the sport since his injury. He has won several golf tournaments across the country, including two club championships. Through the Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA), he joined the Golf Channel AM-TOUR and plays in the Nashville, Tennessee bracket. There, he won three tournaments and finished first in points. He also plays part-time with the Eastern Amputee Golf Association and has won several tournaments, including the Pennsylvania Hanger Open.
He is a golf course manager at Okolona Country Club, where he oversees the greens, fairways, chemicals, swimming pool, club house and all tournaments. He and his wife, Janna, are the proud parents of two children, Brandon and Kyle.