Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre had the opportunity to spend some time with wounded Army veteran Rusty Dunagan in Mississippi on Monday.
Favre met with Dunagan and his family on their farm after auctioning off a personalized training session last year as part of a fundraiser for Hope Village, an organization that helps lead abused, neglected, or abandoned children “to a place where hope is born.”
Actor Gary Sinise, who starred in “Apollo 13” and “CSI: NY,” won with the highest bid and pledged to donate the session with Favre to a wounded veteran. Finally, after a long wait, the former NFL star was able to provide that training session, though Favre said they’d probably just end up going fishing, Military Times reports.
“I met Gary last year after I retired out of the military, Dunagan said. “He came down to Brooke Army Medical Center to put on a concert for the troops.”
Later, through his Smart Homes for Heroes project, Sinise helped get Dunagan situated with a new home, where he now lives with his family.
Dunagan enlisted in the Army in 2006 and nearly four years later, in 2010, he was deployed to Afghanistan. Seven weeks into his tour, Dunagan was standing on top of an IED when it detonated and blew him into a nearby creek.
“I was conscious the whole time and I was trying to recover myself, trying to figure out why I couldn’t’ get out of the water,” Dunagan said. “That’s when I realized both my legs and my left arm were gone.”
Dunagan said that while he was in a peaceful state of mind, he was intent on making it home to his family.