Despite severe injuries, Oppelt's family says he is improving and is scheduled to be back in the United States Tuesday night.
Lucas’ wife, Amy, is pregnant with their second child. They also have a 5-year-old son Peyton and live in North Carolina. Lucas is a graduate of Mishawaka High School.
Lucas’ sister, Hannah Mapa, says he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device Saturday in Afghanistan where he was serving as a medic with the 82nd Airborne. This was his second tour of duty.
The blast took Oppelt's foot.
"That's the worst news you could get as a little sister ...have this great protective big brother your whole life and now he's the one needing someone there for him and he's halfway across the world, so it was a terrible phone call."
Lucas’s sister says this has brought new meaning to Memorial Day for the family.
"It was almost kind of ironic that this would happen this weekend, this being the weekend that you're supposed to be remembering the soldiers and especially thinking about them and praying for them and this this happened. It brings a whole new meaning to the Memorial Day weekend for my family. It's not just another day off."
Hannah says he still has his sense of humor.
“He talked to his wife and he said, ‘I hope this is going to help my golf game.’ He's going to be OK. He has a great personality, a great outlook on life."
And his wife, Amy Oppelt, says having all the support from home is wonderful. But she says she's not surprised because, she says, "Anybody who's come across Lucas, anybody who knows Lucas, anybody who's stopped and talked to Lucas in a convenience store knows that Lucas is one of the most compassionate, caring and giving individuals and he leaves his footprint on people."
She's been able to get updates on Lucas' condition every 3 to 4 hours. And she's talked to him a couple of times. What do they talk about?
"You know, just what we've been through the last couple of days,” she told WSBT. “We didn't dwell on injuries. We didn't dwell on the politics of it or what was wrong or what was right. We talked about how grateful we were and how lucky we were to still be a family."
She said the fact that this happened on Memorial Day made it that much more relevant.
"We could feel everyone was spending this weekend thinking about Lucas and that's what made it that much more relevant.”
Hannah says Lucas is doing better and left Germany Tuesday. The family says they are optimistic and are glad to have him home.