Honoring our Disabled Veterans

Honoring our Disabled Veterans

Minnesota SCI and Langenfeld Foundation 7-day safari to South Africa – August 11-18, 2009 with U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Anderson

In 2004, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Anderson was badly hurt, fighting terrorist insurgents in Iraq. Surgeons helped his injuries heal, but now The Minnesota SCI and The Langenfeld Foundation are helping him see that — despite having disabilities — he can go anywhere and do anything he sets his mind to.

In what could be considered a form of alternative therapy, they will take Kyle Anderson on a 7-day safari to South Africa, August 11-18, 2009. There he will experience some of the best that our world has to offer. This should help fuel his love for life, and motivate him to overcome his limitations. Dr. Daniel G. Carey, PhD is an expert in Exercise Physiology and a professor a the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Carey said, “There is a great deal of interrelatedness between a healthy mind and a health body. This safari trip will contribute to an enhanced quality of life for Kyle and therefore assist him in his recovery on every level.”

Accompanying Kyle on the trip as caregivers will be his father and brother, Tim and Matt Anderson. Leading the group will be Paul Scott Langenfeld, the founder and president of The Langenfeld Foundation and Humanitarian Coordinator for MN SCI. Also going with the group will be a cameraman from the TV show Minnesota Bound, with Ron Schara.

Kyle and his group will travel from Minneapolis to Johannesburg, South Africa. They will safari in Kwazulu-Natal, located in the North Eastern region, near the boarder with Swaziland and Mozambique. The hunt has been donated by Zeekoepan Safaris. While there Kyle will view and photograph some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet. He will eat wonderful African cuisine, experience intriguing cultures, and interact with the native peoples. He will also do some hunting of plains game animals, and would like to take a warthog or an impala—which are both excellent table fare. (Every part of all animals taken will be donated to the native villagers, for food and other uses. Nothing is left behind except for its breath.)

In 2003, Kyle Anderson was an 18-year old at Simley High School. He won the Minnesota State Wrestling Championship that year and after graduation, immediately went into the U.S. Marines. In Iraq, he was involved in the “Fight For Fallujah” where he saved the lives of three other soldiers—including his commanding officer.

In 2004, during another fierce fire-fight, Kyle was badly hunt and doctors doubted that he would survive. But Kyle did survive, thanks to a strong heart and even stronger will. He suffered serious brain injuries; resulting in some speech, vision, and hearing loss. He also has limited movement on his right side.

Now Kyle Anderson is 23-years old and living with his family, in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. His physical wounds have healed as much as they are going to, and he is in therapy at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He is learning to talk again, and regain his basic life skills. Kyle’s personality is effervescent, he smiles and laughs a lot. Kyle is determined, despite his disabilities, to live life to the fullest.