Sergeant Tim Lang was the turret gunner on a Humvee patrolling in Fallujah, Iraq, in October 2006, when his vehicle was hit by a roadside IED. Two of his comrades were killed in the blast and several others were seriously wounded. Sergeant Lang’s right leg was shattered. After more than 28 surgeries, doctors were not able to save his right leg and it was amputated below the knee.
Sergeant Lang has taken his loss as a challenge and has excelled at numerous sports. In 2010, he was selected to participate in the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, where he participated in wheelchair basketball. In addition, Sergeant Lang received Scuba Diving International’s Advanced Open Water Certification through the Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba organization at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Golf is one of his favorite past times, thanks to the Salute Military Golf Association program at Olney Golf Park. Through this program, he has become an accomplished golfer. After several years at Walter Reed, he has returned home to Michigan and is pursuing a degree at Eastern Michigan University.