(My story from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette): The first of what will be a monthly women’s meeting series is starting off with a presentation by a real American hero.
Andrew Smith lost his legs in a 2012 IED explosion while on a mission for the armed forces in Afghanistan. He will speak at the Women of Worship (WOW) meeting on Monday, Feb. 2 at First Baptist Church, said Missy Long, the church’s children’s director and an organizer of the event. The meeting will be from 6-7:30 p.m.
Smith will share his story, the impact on his faith and the work of his charity that helps other wounded veterans and their families, said his mother, Cathy Smith, who will appear with him.
“We’re very excited,” Cathy Smith said.
The charity, Honoring the Sacrifice Foundation, spends all its donated money on helping veterans, Long said.
Smith, of Chattanooga, graduated from college, got married and eight weeks later deployed to Afghanistan, his mother said. He was on his first patrol, on March 8, 2012, when his unit got into a firefight with the Taliban. He stepped on an IED and lost both legs, and had internal injuries. He spent nearly two years in rehab.
Smith is doing well, and medically retired from the Army last summer, Cathy Smith said. He stays active with his organization.