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U.S. Army First Lt. Micah Jay Andersen, who grew up in Los Alamos and was a 2001 graduate of Los Alamos High School, lost both of his legs above the knee in a June 1 blast in Afghanistan and he is currently in a San Antonio medical center in intensive care.
The Los Alamos American Legion Post 90 and American Legion Riders Chapter 19 have established a support group to aid the Andersen family and help defray the expenses not covered by the Army or Veterans Administration.
Donations may be sent to: Los Alamos National Bank, PO Box 60, Los Alamos, N.M., 87544 (Note that it is for the Micah Jay Andersen Medical Fund).
His wife, Linzi Bommarito Andersen, and their 7-week-old son live in Boise.
They are now with him at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, a service officer with the American Legion told the Idaho Statesman.
Andersen was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, according to the newspaper.
A report on KTVB.com in Boise said, Andersen was caught in the middle of a fire fight and explosion in Afghanistan, and lost both of his legs.
“It was his second tour. He was in Afghanistan, south of Kandahar. On June 1 they were in a fire fight,” Justin Andersen, Micah’s brother, told the TV station. “He lost one leg immediately in the blast below the knee. The other one was severely damaged,” said Andersen.
According to the TV station, doctors have had to remove his other leg and there have been more complications.
“He’s one step forward and two steps back,” Justin Andersen said. “It hasn’t been going well. He’s back on life support.”