SPRINGFIELD, Ore.– A phone call from the Army is a call any parent dreads.
“It was quite shocking really and just learning about her injuries and that they were not life threatening. It is still pretty scary,” said Heidi Olson’s father.
Specialist Heidi Olson, a member of the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment was on patrol when her squadron in Afghanistan.
That is when trouble began.
“As the bird was taking off, we were maneuvering with our platoon. The second IED went off, and that is when it got me and two of the guys with me,” said Specialist Olson.
Spc. Olson slowly began to check parts of her body.
“The first thing I did was look down at my feet and they were still there. Then I looked at my hands and they were still there. Then I checked to see if my teeth were there because my face was messed up. I looked over to a guy on patrol and said is my eye still there? He said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Beaver, don’t sugarcoat it for me. Is it still there!’ He said, ‘Yeah, your eye is still there,” said Spc. Olson.
The explosion left Spc. Olson with second degree burns on 25 percent of her face and damage to her left eye.
Spc. Olson did the only thing she could do which was show support for her unit.
“At that point I was there for mostly moral support. I had to make sure the guys were up who had been hit,” said Spc. Olson.
Spc. Olson is recovering in a San Antonio, Texas burn unit.
She hopes to rejoin her squadron in the near future.