Words will never be able to express how I felt when I saw the picture in the Extended Section - for those of you who've followed this story from the day that Joey was hit in Iraq, it'll mean a lot to you, too. On October 30, 2004, I wrote the following:
Sergeant Joseph Bozik, an Airborne Soldier with the 118th MP Company (Airborne) from Ft. Bragg, was recently wounded. He has lost both legs and an arm from a landmine, is not conscious and has many medical complications. On Monday, Sergeant Bozik will be flown into Walter Reed from Landstuhl (Germany)...
Below is a message from Joey's mother, Gail. Read it and then hit the Extended Section.
Joey has finally been discharged from Walter Reed and the Army. He and Jayme arrived at my house in NC on April 20, 2006. They will visit with me until May 19th and then drive to Dallas, Texas to visit her family until mid June and then drive to Danville, California where they will live for four years. A group called Sentinels of Freedom is sponsoring him with free apartment rent, a Chrysler adapted van, education and a job at Wells Fargo during these four years. It has been a long eighteen months but hopefully he can start living in the real world. Again, thanks for all your love and support. I have attached a vide of him and Jayme leaving to play golf. Joey was given an adaptive cart from someone in California. It is a one seater which swings out and he is strapped so he can hit the ball. He brought it with him and will also carry it to California in tow. I am so proud of his determination to do as much as he can under the circumstances. Most people would give up and let others do for them; not my Joey. He amazes me how he adapts to situations. He doesn't want to be a burden. I hope you can open the attached video and see him walking. Again, keep us in your hearts and prayers.
Amazing. Simply amazing.
Although I expect the updates will be few and far between from now on, Joey and Jayme's story is far from over - they're just getting started...
[Previous Sergeant Bozik Posts: Original, First Update (pictures), Second Update, Third, Fourth, Fifth (pictures), Sixth (pictures), Seventh (wedding pictures), Eighth, Ninth (Love Story), Tenth (Green Ramp Reunion - pictures), Eleventh (Welcom Home! - pictures), Twelvth (Joey and Phil Mikelson team up), Thirteenth (pictures), Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth (White House Visit), Seventeenth, and Eighteenth (Receives Bronze Star)]
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