Sunday, October 26, 2014

Community Makes Home Better for Wounded Afghanistan Veteran

Community rallies to help soldier wounded in Afghanistan
Northwest Georgia News
October 26, 2014

ADAIRSVILLE — A community has rallied to ready a home for Army Spc. Eugene Perry Young, who was paralyzed last year by a suicide bomber a little more than four months into a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. Young has been in a Veterans Administration hospital in Tampa for more than a year.

He and his family had planned to build a home there until June, when Young returned to the Adairsville-Calhoun area for the first time since the bombing.

“I actually never thought I was going to come back home. It’s a small town and kids want to get away, do something on their own,” Young said. “But when I got injured and I came back here, I just felt drawn to this place like this is where I should be.”

Young and his wife, Samantha, found a home in Adairsville, but the VA said it was not equipped to handle his needs.

Bartow County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Cuprowski knew Young would need a ramp. He needs a wheelchair after a roadside bomb injured his spinal cord.
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