Young continues to recuperate

Nov. 06, 2012 @ 05:22 PM

A 2008 Trinity High School graduate continues to recover at a Veteran’s Affairs polytrauma unit in San Antonio, Texas, after being shot July 3 in eastern Afghanistan.
Pfc. Jeremy Young of Archdale, 22, was hit 12 times during an ambush outside a NATO base along with four other soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas.
He was transferred to an intensive care hospital in Germany before being airlifted to Texas.
“They’re doing therapy, but it’s a long process,” said his mom Sherry Akines of Archdale. “He’s walking now with a brace on his foot. He’s wearing a brace on his left hand and he can move his fingers, but his right hand is still numb and he can’t use it.”
Young musters bravery to fight daily pain to achieve his rehabilitation goals. His biggest challenge is learning to use his left hand because his right hand does not work.
According to his mom, his biggest source of encouragement has been cards and messages from people who say they are praying for him.
“One huge thing is his Prayers for Pfc. Jeremy Young Facebook page,” said Akines. “This has been a big encouragement.”
Young went into the Army in January 2011 and was deployed to Afghanistan the following October.
“We just wants to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and gifts,” said Akines. “Jeremy hopes to volunteer with children in the future. But, right now, he really looks forward to coming home.”
<b>To send a card, mail to this address:</b>
South Texas Veterans Health Care System
Pfc. Jeremy Young
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Polytrauma Service
7400 Merton Minter
San Antonio, Texas 78229