MN National Guard SPC Andrew Hanson was injured 21 May 2007 when the Humvee he was driving was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Due to the severity of injury to his legs, it was necessary to amputate his right leg below the knee and his left leg at the knee.
Andrew is home in Luverne, MN for a short visit before returning back to Walter Reed Army Hospital where he's been recuperating.
The following is the mission report for Andrew's benefit in Luverne, MN Sun 06 Jan 2007
We had a wonderful day in Luverne at the American Legion during Andrew's Benefit. I believe there were 17 PGR members on the flag line and another 10 or so PGR/Rolling Thunder members who stopped by for some delicious pancakes and to show their support and gratitude to Andrew.
A very big THANK YOU to our friends and neighbors to the west in SD for their awesome support. We were joined by the SD State Capt, 3 RC's and their State HOTH Coordinator!! Tom and Company: Please express our gratitude to the rest of your members!
When I arrived about 8:45 we already had two members manning the flag line. With more joining us, we stood the line until approximately 10:15 AM when Andrew and his family arrived. After greeting them outside, we followed them into the Legion. Andrew was greeted with a very warm welcome by all in attendance. We then stood the flag line as a tribute song was sung for Andrew and filed back outside to reform the line. We were humbled by the gracious applause we received and also the many positive comments we received as we rotated manning the flag line and eating/visiting with the good people inside.
Thanks again for all your support! I continue to be so very proud and amazed at the passion each of you shows for our mission of Honor, Dignity and Respect!
Paul Ramsbey, Worthington Ride Captain