Melissa Stockwell sports a shiny red, white and blue prosthetic after she lost her leg to a bomb in Baghdad. Find out why she says losing a limb made her life more fulfilling, and hear how she’s gone on to compete in the Paralympics and find a new career.
On April 13, 2004, 1LT (ret) Melissa Stockwell became the first female to lose a limb during OIF earning a purple heart and a bronze star. She is a 2008 Paralympian in the sport of swimming and the current 2x Paratriathlon World Champion. Melissa is also a certified prosthetist at Scheck and Siress Prosthetics, fitting other amputees with artificial limbs, a board member on the Wounded Warrior Project and a co-founder of dare2tri Paratriathlon Club.