Wounded Veteran Finds ‘Sense of Normalcy’ in Unlikely Place After Losing Both of His Legs in IED Explosion

As Sgt. Andrew Smith lines up his golf club to tee off, he isn’t so much worried about his swing or his aim. For the young U.S. veteran, it’s all about balance.

On March 8, 2012 — to hear him tell it, the day that really kickstarted his affair with the game of golf — Smith stepped on a pressure plate IED during his first deployment to Afghanistan. He lost both of his legs and suffered multiple massive internal injuries, including a broken pelvis.

It was during his long, excruciating...

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