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Sergeant Eric Edmundson, a Soldier of the 4/14 Cavalry out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, was seriously injured in Iraq when his Stryker vehicle was hit by an IED.
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Eric was a Soldier in the 172nd Stryker Brigade, 4th Squadron, 14th Cavlery, stationed out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
On October 2, 2005 the Stryker vehicle he was driving hit an IED (improvised explosive device). Eric sustained serious injuries and was eventually airlifted to Germany.
On October 7th, 2005, he arrived back home in the United States to receive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.
Eric's injuries sustained from the blast were shrapnel wounds to his abdomen (which required the removal of his spleen), and right leg, and fracture of the T4, T5 vertebrae.
While awaiting transport to Germany, Eric went into cardiac arrest and was able to be revived. Because of the time taken to revive Eric, he has sustained an anoxic brain injury.
Due to the anoxic brain injury, Eric currently can not walk, talk, eat or drink. These are things he will hopefully be able to regain with medical technology, therapy, time, positive thought and prayer.
Eric has put up a courageous fight and is a living example of a true warrior.
He is not the only warrior though, please continue to acknowledge and remember the many other service members who have been injured and continue to serve proudly.
They remain strong even though they are fighting a different fight.