Keith Deutsch was born on May 29, 1983 in New Prauge, MN. He joined the Army shortly after the September 11th attacks. On August 29, 2003, while conducting a convoy 40 miles north of Baghdad, Keith’s unit came under enemy attack. During the ensuing firefight, Keith was struck by a rocket propelled grenade that destroyed his right leg below the knee and caused severe abdominal wounds.
An avid snowboarder prior to his injury, Keith’s first thought after surveying what was left of his right leg was that he would no longer be able to snowboard. However, within just one month of being evacuated from the battlefield Keith, through grit and determination, was snowboarding again. Within just a few years of his injury, Keith was snowboarding at an elite level again. Today with the help of CAF Operation Rebound, Keith is training to compete internationally.
In the Summer of 2009, Keith conquered Mt. Elbrus, summiting Europe’s highest peak in July of that year. CAF Operation Rebound provided Keith with the cold weather and survival equipment that he required to reach the top of the highest mountain on the European continent.
“After being injured I thought I would have to take it easy but life keeps throwing me adventures anyways! Thanks CAF for helping me stay involved!”-Keith Deutsch
The generosity of supporters like you give Keith the opportunity to excel at his passions of snowboarding and mountaineering as well as inspire his fellow injured troops to also vigorously pursue their athletic endeavors.
How Does Operation Rebound Help?
Operation Rebound provides unparalleled sports opportunities and support to our troops and veterans of any branch of service and first responders who have served honorably and have suffered permanent physical injuries. Grants are awarded for event travel, lodging, entry fees, training and equipment.
How Can You Help?
Make a tax-deductible contribution to Challenged Athletes, Inc., (dba Challenged Athletes Foundation) a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization. To make a donation, please call (858) 866-0959, send a check to the address listed below, or make a secure payment through our website: www.challengedathletes.org.