A Stryker captain from Joint Base Lewis-McChord who lost both legs and his right arm to a mine in Afghanistan last year celebrated his first “Alive Day” this week.
It was a sweet day for Capt. Edward “Flip” Klein and his wife, Jessica, who have spent the past year working to help the officer recover as much of his life as he can.
“I used to consider myself an athlete. Now this is my sport, overcoming my injuries,” Klein told Baltimore’s ABC2 News at his Alive Day party.
Klein was leading a foot patrol from Lewis-McChord’s 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division on Oct. 22, 2012 when he stepped on a mine in the Maiwand District of Kandahar province. He was the commander of B Company in the brigade’s 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment.
Over the past year, the Kleins have kept their friends and family updated on his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with posts on their “Friends of Flip” Facebook page.
“I am/we are so very lucky to have had the support and faith and love of so many amazing people,” Jessica wrote on Facebook yesterday.
Capt. Klein told the TV station he participated in a 5K walk last month by using his wheelchair. He aims to be on foot next year.
The steps he has taken already have defied predictions from doctors who told him he wouldn’t walk again.
"The doctor that told me that was there when I walked again. The first thing I told him was, 'I told you so,'" Klein told ABC2 News.