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Craig with Army mates relaxing in Basra

Craig Lundberg... after Iraq

Among the Remembrance Sunday veterans was a young face. A face that can no longer see - but has seen so much.

Craig Lundberg is "Freddie" to his mates. The 22-year-old Lance Corporal was blinded in Iraq, but counts himself lucky because he made it home.

His story takes us from a terraced house in Liverpool to a rooftop battle in Iraq.

Craig joined up at 16 and quickly adapted to army life.

Craig in hospital

Surgeons battled 12 hours to save Craig

Routine patrol

Thursday 22 March 2007 was a routine day for the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Lancasters who were searching for Iraqi insurgents just north of Basra.

Arrests were made, women and children moved to safety. Soldiers handed out sweets to children.

Then gunfire from nearby rooftops – Craig and his team rushed outside to help but Craig was hit by two rocket propelled grenades.

Dreadful injuries

Surgeons in an American field hospital battled for 12 hours to save Craig's life.

He nearly lost an arm, suffered horrific burns but worse news was to come days later in a German military hospital... Craig was blind.

While he lay recovering back in Britain Craig received devastating news - two of his best mates - 19-year-old Adam "Smudge" Smith and 20-year-old Alan Jones had been killed in action within weeks of one another.

Defying doctors orders Craig made it to both their funerals.

Craig keeps busy coaching disabled children

Craig coaches at Liverpool’s Actionnaires club

Proud ambassador

Craig was proud to be one of the faces of the 2007 Poppy Appeal.

He drew inspiration from mixing with older blind servicemen at St Dunstan's a charity that helps them to lead independent lives.

Nowadays hope comes from the other end of the age spectrum.

Craig coaches kids at Liverpool's Actionnaires club which is run by the charity Action for Blind People.

So what are his future Ambitions? Well, they are pretty much like any other 22-year-old lad.

Craig has his goals: 2008's checklist includes running the London marathon and a charity bike ride with his dad.

last updated: 17/03/2008 at 12:24
created: 13/11/2007

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