Sgt. Kelly Keck Honored With Combat Action Badge
Retired Staff Sgt. Kelly Keck, who earlier this year was presented a home through the "Home For Our Troops" program, has been honored with a Combat Action Badge.
Keck, a disability program manager for the Army Test and Evaluation Command, received the badge during a June 12 ceremony.
The Combat Action Badge recognizes those soldiers "who personally engage the enemy or are engaged by the enemy during combat operations," according to a news release on the honor.
It was created in 2005, and awarded to 100,000 troops.
Aside from the "Home for Our Troops," Keck was also presented a quilt from "Quilts for Heroes"—a non-profit that honors the sacrifices of service men and women, according to the news release.
Keck suffered severe injuries while deployed in Afghanistan in September 2008. The Army combat medic was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade, Special Troops Battalion when a vehicle he was riding in ran over an improvised explosive device.
The news release said Keck "was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he was treated for a below-the-knee amputation and amputations of the fingers on his left hand."