Soldier's tattoo documents the trauma of losing his legs in Afghanistan

Noah Bailey was an Army specialist serving as an M2 .50 cal. gunner in an Army scout sniper platoon when the Humvee he was patrolling in was struck by an IED.

The explosion was part of a complex ambush, and the platoon quickly came under fire. Both of Bailey’s legs were amputated because of the trauma he sustained.

Bailey went through a dark period after his amputations, almost committing suicide before a well-timed phone call saved his life.

See Bailey tell his full story — complete with cool tattoos that put a twist on his experiences — in the video above.

Bailey’s story is part of a series presented by We Are The Mighty. War Ink: 11 for 11 features 11 combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan using tattoos to tell their stories on and off the battlefield. Each week for the next 11 weeks, a different tattooed veteran will share his or her story.

Do you have a tattoo that tells the story of your war experiences? Post a photo of it at We Are The Mighty’s Facebook page with the hashtag #WeAreTheMightyInk. WATM will be teeing up the coolest and most intense ones through Veteran’s Day.

Video Credit: Rebecca Murga and Karen Kraft