Andy Hatcher has over 15 years of experience working with severely-wounded servicemembers and disabled veterans as a mentor and adaptive athlete.
As a young reconnaissance marine, Andy was severely-wounded during Operation Phantom Fury, the second battle for Al Fallujah, Iraq when an IED blast ripped through his HMMWV killing his platoon sergeant and injuring everyone in the vehicle. After two weeks in a coma, Andy eventually woke up at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and was given the choice of limb salvage or losing his right foot. Andy chose to amputate.
After the surgery, Andy was transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and started his road to recovery. Like many Walter Reed alumni, Andy participated in athletics as an avenue for physical and mental rehabilitation. Just one month after his amputation, Andy was out of the hospital bed and in the mountains skiing advanced slopes with the support of hospital staff and community volunteers. Just five months after losing his foot, Andy rode a bicycle across the northeastern United States, again with the support of hospital staff and community volunteers.
During his time at Walter Reed, Andy experienced firsthand what a profound impact volunteerism and community outreach can have on those in need. Seeing such examples of kindness and generosity inspired within him a desire to follow in their footsteps and pay it forward.
After completing rehab and medically retiring from the Marine Corps, Andy continued to participate in athletic events as an adaptive athlete and mentor for severely-wounded servicemembers coming out of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Eventually, Andy achieved elite athletic status as a triathlete and cyclist, sharing his journey along the way as a message of inspiration for others going through similar hardship.
Andy’s experience as a severely-wounded recon marine, adaptive athlete, and wounded warrior mentor makes him the perfect candidate for the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation coordinator for severely-wounded outreach.