GOOD NEWS Heroes@Home: Wounded Warrior Sets Her Sights on Rio Paralympics
Reporter Diana Falzone and the Fox News digital team are proud to bring you a new series focusing on our nation's heroes.
Heroes@Home will bring you the uplifting stories of active military members, veterans and their families. It focuses on the lifestyle of the men and women who serve and how that service impacts their loved ones.
The premiere episode features Melissa Stockwell, the first female amputee of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2004, she lost her left leg in a roadside bomb. The 36-year-old endured numerous surgeries and complications before receiving her prosthetic leg.
But the working mother turned adversity into victory when she became a Paralympian in 2007.
The former gymnast said she had dreamed of going to the Olympics as a child.
“There was no hesitation. It was somehow, some way I was going to be a Paralympian,” she said. “I wanted to be on that stage with the USA uniform on and to represent this country that I defended over in Iraq.”
Stockwell shared her story with Diana, and welcomed the cameras into her home as she sets her sights on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.
Watch Diana Falzone's interview with Stockwell above and follow Diana on Twitter for more info on upcoming Heroes@Home features.
.@MStockwell01 Thank you for your service and for being a total badass! Cheering for you on your road to Rio!!!
— dianafalzone (@dianafalzone) May 19, 2016