2020 Florida Honoree
United States Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Justin Lansford
Justin proudly served in the US Army from 2009 to 2013 as a rifleman assigned to 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. While on active-duty, Justin deployed to both Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. On April 23, 2012, Justin was severely injured when attacked with an improvised explosive device. The explosion caused SSG Lansford’s vehicle to completely overturn crushing him underneath. SSG Lansford was trapped under the burning vehicle for over 30 minutes before he could be extricated and evacuated to receive needed medical attention. As a result of this action, Justin suffered the loss of his left leg above the knee, crush injuries to his right leg, a ruptured spleen, damage to his liver and pancreas, two collapsed lungs, a broken back, and burns to his right arm, among other injuries.
While recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Justin suffered through several severe infections that extended his hospitalization. After four months of extended inpatient care, SSG Lansford was released to outpatient treatment where he continued physical therapy for almost two years. SSG Lansford retired from the Army in 2013 as a result of his injuries.
Justin has continued to serve the country and his community. Justin and his wife, Carol, are in leadership roles for Valor Service Dogs, a nonprofit organization placing mobility assistance and PTSD service dogs with wounded veterans and first responders nationwide. Justin resides in Manatee County and attends the University of South Florida in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
Donations may be sent to:
Sticks For Soldiers, Inc.
PO Box 475
Fairfield, CT 06824-0475
Checks made payable to:
Sticks for Soldiers, Inc.
Memo note: 2021 S4S
S4S is a 501(c)(3) Tax exempt organization
recognized by the IRS. EIN # 46-0962202.