I met Richard Ingram in 2007. He had lost much of his left arm while serving in Iraq and was working as a legislative intern for state Sen. John Douglas.
But what he really wanted to do was get back in the Army. The Army was resisting, because one of his hands had been blown off.
Turns out, he did get back in the Army, winning commission as a second lieutenant, according to Sen. Douglas. Senate Resolution 89: The coolest legislation of the 2009 General Assembly:
WHEREAS, Second Lieutenant Richard Ingram is the first severely wounded soldier from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to overcome amputation and become an officer; and ...
WHEREAS, in 2005, Lt. Ingram's 48th Infantry Brigade was called to Iraq and he put his studies and his life on hold to preserve the ideals of freedom and democracy; and
WHEREAS, while patrolling the town of Yusufiyah, just south of Baghdad, on July 20, 2005, Lt. Ingram's vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, causing injuries that forced the amputation of Lt. Ingram's left arm; and
WHEREAS, after returning to the United States for medical treatment, Lt. Ingram retired on medical grounds and resumed his courses at North Georgia, but refused to let his dream of serving his country and defending freedom end; and ...
WHEREAS, after making a case to the Army Inspector General, the long-time policy of refusing officer commissions for severely injured soldiers was changed; and
WHEREAS, nearly 4,000 men and women currently belong to the Wounded Warrior Program, soldiers classified as severely wounded by at least a 30 percent disability, 113 of which have continued with military service as either active duty or reserve; and
WHEREAS, Lt. Ingram is the first from the Wounded Warrior Program to restart his career as an officer after proving he had the physical ability to lead a platoon despite his injury; and ...
WHEREAS, receiving no special accommodations for his injury, Lt. Ingram finished second in his platoon of 50 cadets, using his high-tech prosthetic arm to perform expert marksmanship and do almost 80 push-ups in two minutes; and
WHEREAS, after having taken his oath of office as a second lieutenant on December 13, 2008, Lt. Ingram will lead an engineer platoon in the 10th Mountain Division, likely to see combat again in Afghanistan, and hopes to complete Airborne and Ranger school in the future; and
WHEREAS, a driven and dedicated soldier with sheer perseverance on the battlefield and back home, Lt. Ingram serves as a role model not only for disabled veterans, but for all Americans; and
WHEREAS, this remarkable 25 year old embodies the spirit of service, willing to find meaning in something greater than himself and serving as a guardian of this nation's liberty.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body commend Second Lieutenant Richard Ingram for his brave and admirable service in the defense of the United States of America and congratulate him on the distinction of being the first severely wounded soldier to become an officer.