Joel Dulashanti

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T42

Further personal information

Family
One child
Residence
Beaverton, OR, USA
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
He was a distance runner and weightlifter before his injury.

General interest

Hobbies
Scuba diving, cycling, painting, cooking, travelling. (holidaysforheroes.com, 15 Oct 2013)
Awards and honours
While recovering from his injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, United States, he was personally presented with the Purple Heart by President George W. Bush. He has also received the Meritorious Service Medal in United States. (usotributecincinnati.com, 15 May 2011)
Impairment
In May 2007 he was serving as a sniper with the US Army in Afghanistan when he became engaged in combat and was shot with four AK-47 rounds. His injuries left him requiring his right leg to be amputated above the knee and a partial knee replacement to his left leg. He was also left with half of his stomach and abdominal wall, and 90% of his gall bladder and intestines missing. (army.mil, 31 Aug 2011; usotributecincinnati.com, 15 May 2011)
Other information
COMBAT INJURY
"We were chasing two guys. They had AK-47s and were laying in the prone about 10 metres away. I took two rounds to my right knee. As I was coming out of the sun I was shot through my left knee. As I was falling the next round that came through went under my arm, through my rib cage and, since I was parallel to the ground, it traversed my entire abdomen to my pelvis. That round was the worst. We returned fire, and those guys were finished. It's not a big deal." (army.mil, 31 Aug 2011)