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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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  Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:33 PM

Veterans Day ceremony in Lakeway showcases effort for wounded soldier
Wednesday, Nov. 8
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A ceremony celebrating the recent completion of a Smart Home built to help wounded solidier Corporal Alan “Doc” Babin Jr. will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at 300 Seawind St. in Lakeway.

At age 22, Babin enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a medic with the elite 82nd Airborne Division. On March 31, 2003, while deployed overseas the 82nd fell under heavy gunfire on a bridge over the Euphrates River. Babin rushed to aid a wounded soldier and took an abdominal AK-47 round in the process. He underwent more than 70 abdominal surgeries as well as five brain surgeries. In addition, he suffered a stroke, meningitis, lost his spleen, part of his pancreas and 90 percent of his stomach, as well as developed bodily necrosis. Doctors expected Babin to live out his life in a nursing home, but Babin relearned to breathe, talk, eat and move with the steadfast support of his family.

Babin received the Bronze Star with “V” for Valor and the Purple Heart for his heroism. He maintains the courage and positivity that made him legendary in rehab, and his bravery remains an inspiration to his unit. While he’ll always require the support of a caregiver, he looks forward to the relief a specially adapted smart home will provide him and his family.

The Smart Home built for Babin was thanks to Gary Sinise and his Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), along with many donors.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:34 PM

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At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:36 PM


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:04 PM

What horrific injuries but a heartwarming epilogue. Thanks for posting, Reggie.
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