LCpl. Tim was wounded in Africa during a live-round training exercise at the end of May. His family would be most appreciative of prayers and cards of support. He suffered shrapnal wounds to the throat, chest and stomach. Update
: He has had surgeries and now is waiting for swelling to go down before more is done. President Obama stopped by to say hello. Tim's family and friends want you to send some words to brighten his day. Update
06/09/09 Tim's mother sends his appreciation, and hers too, for all the love and support they have received, everyone has been amazing. She shared great news that he should be home in the next few days and they are ready to start handling some of his rehab from home. He still has a long road to recovery and needs some work yet on the wound under his chin. We are so happy that Tim is doing better, please send him lots of good cheer to welcome him home. We're thinking of you Tim and sending good wishes your way! Update
9/13/09 Tim's mother has written that he is doing somewhat better but continues to have a lot of pain. He wants so much to be off the pain medication but requires it in order to manage the pain, he has been seeing the doctors at the hospital about it. Tim attended his battalion's recent homecoming and reconnected with his fellow Marines! Everyone was extremely happy to see him alive and well. The guys were giving so many hugs and kisses that she said "Never did this mom see so much male bonding, WOW all the hugs and kisses, it was unbelievable." Tim's mother expressed her sincere appreciation and her love to all the folks who have sent cards and letters of support to her son. She also wanted to thank Steve and Barbara J. for all the cards they have sent Tim and for the dinner they cooked them one weekend recently. Please continue to keep Tim and his family in your prayers and send them words of encouragement. Your support means so much to this family.Update
: 7/24/2010 from Tim's Mom.
You all have been so kind in sending letters and cards. Every month Tim looks forward to looking at the pics and the reading the letters. The family sends a shout out to Linda who has been writing faithfully the entire time. They want to say thank you all very much and let you know a little of what has been going on.
Tim is still struggling and is still in pain. He is trying very hard to work on his recovery and deal with everything else that comes with these injuries. Mom feels it will be that way for quite some time. Tim has had a total of 6 surgeries and the last just over a month ago. They went in and tried to remove the two plates in his jaw but could only remove the 4 inch plate. The 6 inch plate that is on his left side of the jaw to the front can never be removed due to the two inches of bone missing, so moving on he has to be very careful with sport activities the doctor says. And being a young man with a brother and fun loving father the rough housing when they are all together will have to stop. He is back to working out and that sometimes seems to help. He will either help out at the Wounded Warrior Barracks or leave the Corps. The decision will be made for him in August.
If he has to leave, he is happy to be going home to be with his fiance and the family but he would be leaving behind such a huge part of his life he so loves.
Mom really appreciates all you do for you do and says "please thank everyone there from all of us." Update
: 12/31/2010 Although Tim still has a long road ahead and many issues still to resolve, he feels he should be taken off our list. His Mom says it's time to send all your loving support to those who are in earlier stages of recovery.
She says Tim is now home and doing much better. He attends therapy once a week at the local VA Hospital where he has five different specialists working with him. He enjoys the weekly visit not only for himself but to visit with other vets at the hospital. He is going to school and wants to be involved in some form of Criminal Justice. He has also continued working with the Crossfit family, is now teaching others, and has been asked to work with Marine Corps Recruits getting ready to head off to boot camp. Tim is very excited about this because he knows he has what it takes to whip them into shape and prepare them for their future in the USMC.
Mom says, "We have really appreciated all the cards, you are great. We have talked and we think you should let everyone know how we feel and to concentrate on others who need them more. So thank you very much. We go and visit every month at the VA Hospital just to let them know they are not forgotten and we remember them."
Tim, you will be in our prayers for a very long time to come. May your new goals all be attained and thank you for helping others. You exemplify "Once a Marine, always a Marine".
Date added to program: 6/2/2009
Date removed from program: 12/31/2010
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