Long journey home for injured soldier

He struggles to his feet, greeting visitors with a smile and outstretched hand. There aren’t too many 21-year-olds today who stand as a gesture of respect when a guest enters a room.  

Vincent Mannion does.

And this reflects the manners taught him as a child by his mother Maura. Despite debilitating war wounds that have made it necessary for him to re-learn just about everything else, the manners remain intact, as does a sense of humor that shines through his dark blue eyes.

Mannion has what is called the signature war wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — a traumatic brain injury.

A private first class in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Mannion was injured one month into his tour of duty in Iraq. He recently returned to his family’s home after two years of hospitalization and rehabilitation, exceeding the expectations of those who treated him. Many of the caregivers credit his determination and his family’s fierce support as reasons for the successes. But this does not mean the war is won.

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090510/NEWS/905100329

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: