Boise State graduate injured by explosive device during attack in Afghanistan

Statesman staffJune 24, 2013 

A photo of Micah Andersen when he was promoted to first lieutenant.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY AMERICAN LEGION

An American Legion group in New Mexico has set up a fund to aid the 30-year-old soldier, who was severely injured by an improvised explosive device attack June 1 in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army First Lt. Micah Jay Andersen, who grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, lost both of his legs above the knee in the June 1 blast.

His wife, Linzi Bommarito Andersen, and their 7-week-old son, Jay Salvatore’ Andersen, live in Boise.

They are now with him at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, a service officer with the American Legion told the Statesman. Andersen is in intensive care.

Andersen served three years in the Army before his studies at Boise State. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas.

The Los Alamos American Legion Post 90 and American Legion Riders Chapter 19 have established a support group to support the Andersen family and help defray the expenses not covered by the Army or Veterans Administration.

Donations may be sent to: Los Alamos National Bank, PO Box 60, Los Alamos, NM 87544 (Please note that it is for the Micah Jay Andersen Medical Fund).

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