Sgt Corp heads back to Active Duty
Soldiers head into the path of live fire every day. When they become injured, it’s the job of the medical staff and Corps. to bring them back and restore them to good health. But to return soldiers to active duty is a new reality, and this is what happens often at the new Center for the Intrepid Rehabilitation Center near San Antonio, Texas.
Lodged in the Fort Sam Houston, this state of the art rehabilitation center deals with the wounded and damaged soldiers fresh off of the battlefield, and gives them the tools and the impetus to set goals that even yesterday was unheard of.
Take for example William Corp. Staff Sgt Corp lost his leg in Iraq when a bomb exploded along the road in which his convoy was traveling. But this twenty seven year old didn’t let that stop him. He spends his time swimming laps in the pool, and using a kayak he surfs the waves in the institute wave pool. Both activities sharpen his skills and athletic ability and aid in his overall recovery.
I was not able to participate in this kind of activity before said the young Staff Sgt. But I get a great workout and I can try it all here”. His prosthetic limb also allows him the ability to use the climbing wall, and he is able to scale the thirty foot tall wall in under 2 minutes.
Sgt Corp not only is recovering, but he encourages and urges other amputees at the Rehab Center in their therapy. Since losing his leg 18 months ago, he has become a shining example of what today’s wounded soldier can achieve. Not only that, but his return to full status on active duty is scheduled for next month.
The new Rehab center, located just a short distance from the Brooke Army Medical Center, is a recent entry to soldier rehabilitation. Since opening about a year ago, the Fort Sam Houston staff has seen impressive positive leaps forward in research, different programs, and a variety of opportunity for patients. Built and funded entirely from donated funds, the Rehab Center is devoted for burn victims, and amputee patients.