Thursday, October 8, 2009

Injured Oregon soldier takes first steps toward recovery

Jeremy Pierce took his first steps toward returning to duty.

Literally.

The Oregonian Newspaper's Capi Lynn interviewed Spc. Jeremy Pierce, who is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Pierce took his first steps this week, using a prosthetic limb and two canes. Check out the video below.

You may remember a September blog post where a couple of fellow Oregon soldiers and I went to visit Pierce in his hospital room. We took him a stack of comic books donated by Michael Ring, who owns Bridge City Comics in Portland, Ore. We did a post on his "Comics for the Troops" program back in August.

Although Pierce was on pain medication, he was alert and talkative. He thanked us and fellow Oregonians, as well as his former Alaska Army National Guard members who either came to visit him there at Walter Reed, or who wrote cards and letters of encouragement.

He also asked for chocolate. Seriously, chocolate makes anyone feel better, right?

To read the rest of the story by Capi Lynn, go here. Here is the video of Pierce's first steps toward recovery:



Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager

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