BOISE – An Idaho soldier has lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan earlier this month.
Family members tell us that on June 1, 2013, 1st Lt. Micah Jay Andersen was severely injured by an improvised explosive device while leading his platoon on a mission near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
One soldier was killed and six others injured in the attack. Andersen lost both legs above the knees.
Andersen was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division that is stationed at Ft. Bliss Texas.
Andersen is from Los Alamos, New Mexico, and attended college at Boise State University. He received his commission as U.S. Army officer, Armor Branch. Prior to attending BSU, he served in the Army for three years.
Andersen is the father of a young son, Jay, who was born at the end of April 2013. His wife, Linzi, and son live in Boise.
Andersen is currently in San Antonio, Texas, and will not be taking calls or visitors other than immediate family for the next several weeks. He will be assigned to Fort Sam Houston for his recovery and rehabilitation, which is expected to take more than a year.
The Los Alamos American Legion Post 90 and the American Legion Riders Chapter 19 has set up an organization to support the Andersen family to defray the medical expenses for Andersen's recovery and rehabilitation not covered by the U.S. Army, the VA or other official organizations.
Donations can be made at any branch of the Los Alamos National Bank or by mail at: Los Alamos National Bank, PO Box 60, Los Alamos, NM 87544, by asking for a deposit to be made to the: Micah Jay Andersen Medical Fund.