Navy Corpsman Ameen, attached to the 2st Battalion, 7th Marines deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, was attempting to save the life of a wounded Marine during an intense firefight when he stepped on an IED which tore off his left leg and severely injured his right leg , wrist and fingers.
Doc Ameen was subsequently discharged with a Purple Heart and is a decorated Hospital Corpsman. He has spent the ensuing years in a desperate attempt to save his right leg from amputation and has undergone 34 surgical procedures at VA and private hospitals.
He recently spent a week at Baptist Hospital, Miami, who is a member of the “Restoring Heroes” program established to treat severely injured service members at no cost by nationally recognized reconstruction orthopedic and dermatology surgeons. Travel and other family support expenses for Ameen and his family have been underwritten by the Gary Sinese Foundation.
Miami International Airport Director Emilio Gonzalez arranged the logistics for Doc Ameen and wife Stephanie’s travel, and volunteers at the airport Military Hospitality Lounge were proud to host the couple at the Lounge while awaiting the flight home.
The Ameens presently live in Phoenix, Arizona, with their four children.
Pictured are Lounge volunteers George Cadman, Bob Kunzler and George Reeves. Reeves and Cadman are members of the Navy League’s Broward County Council.