2 years after an explosion left a local man fighting for his life while on patrol in Afghanistan, he was able to come home to east Idaho.
On June 12th of 2012, Army Sergeant Matt Krumwiede was on patrol near Kandahar when he stepped on an IED, finding himself critically injured, but he never stopped fighting for survival. 2 years and about 40 surgeries later, he was able to come home for a few days, and catch us up on his astonishing recovery.
“The doctors even down in San Antonio said have you prayed? That’s what it’s going to take,” said Dennis Krumwiede, Matt’s dad.
After losing both legs, two fingers, fracturing his pelvis and arm, and suffering extensive internal injuries, doctors said it would take nothing short of divine intervention for Sgt. Matt Krumwiede to recover, and maybe they were right, he sure showed some superhuman strength.
“I can take a lot more than what I thought obviously,” said Sgt. Krumwiede.
Even though he’s once again standing on his own two feet, Matt has at least another year of rehabilitation at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, before he can call Pocatello his home again.
“I would love to come back here, I miss it, I’m not sure when though, but I’d love to come back to Pocatello,” he added.
He may be on the road to recovery, but it will take more than his determination to get him home to Idaho, because his home in Idaho needs some work. A ramp for the wheelchair, wood floors in the house, wider rooms and doorways, and a few other adjustments are necessary for him to be able to live with his new normal.
“It’s a lot easier when you have a whole town like Pocatello to support you,” said Matt.
The Pocatello community came out to support Krumwiede’s cause this weekend, asking for donations at the homecoming barbeque to help fund the construction projects, to finally reunite a family who has been through a tougher trial than most can imagine, but never lost their optimism.
“I get my wife back too. She’s been gone for 2 years, just done a magnificent job of supporting him, and naturally though, he’s a very strong man,” added Dennis.
If you weren’t able to attend the barbeque yesterday, but would still like to donate to the Krumwiede family, you can contact Melissa Hartman at the Bannock County Veteran’s Services.