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Severly Injured Soldier Home For Christmas

    This Christmas means a tremendous amount to a Rising Fawn, Georgia. Soldier Bobby Woods suffered a near fatal gunshot wound to his head back in August.

    The Army platoon leader was in a combat zone near Kandahar, Afghanistan when the shot removed much of Woods’ forehead. He’s home for the holidays, but his heart is with his soldiers.  The first lieutenant told NewsChannel 9 a rifle shot from about 400 meters away hit him in the head. He was the last one out of the “hot zone.”

    After a hero’s welcome to Trenton last month, this Christmas, he’s home with his family. And that holds a special part in his mother’s heart. The news of the gunshot devastated her and the rest of his family. They went through periods of agony, praying for his survival. That changed Nadine Woods perspective this Christmas. “We take the fact that we live in a warm house and we have plenty to eat and our family is safe. We take that so for for granted. But this Christmas especially, I won’t take that for granted. I’m so thankful that we’re all able to be together.”

    Being home means a lot to Woods as well, he’s been surrounded by family support the last five months. “I think it’s great. My family was with me the whole time when I first woke up. It was my brother, my dad and my mom,” Woods said.

   He has started a long road to recovery with surgeries and rehabilitation but his heart remains in Afghanistan. “I think the biggest thing to me is praying that all my guys come home safe. More than anything, I’ll be praying for those guys and making sure that everyone makes it back.”

     After his final surgeries to replace and reshape his forehead, Lt. Woods wants to return to the Army as a battlefield commander. “I guess there’s just a bond you make, it’s tough to be seen and you don’t make it during training, you make it during combat.”

     He comes from a military family. His brother, Matt is also a soldier. Their father, Robert Woods is a retired Brigadier General. And all of them are home for Christmas. But there’s one place Woods would  rather spend this weekend. “I’d be in Afghanistan with my platoon, yeah definitely” 

 

    During NewsChannel 9’s interview, speech stumbles weren’t noticeable at all. But he says therapists will help him in the future with exact word choice. He had no problem explaining why he prefers a war zone this Christmas. “There’s no greater sacrifice than when a man is willing to lay down his life for another man and I think that, until you experience that and see it first person, you’ll never understand it.”

  Doctors will start surgery on Woods’ forehead next month.

 

The breaking news, Severly Injured Soldier Home For Christmas citation from News Channel 9

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