Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Honorable homecoming

"Soldier returns home to enthusiastic welcome
By Dorothy Nobis
The Daily Times
Article Launched: 09/08/2007 12:00:00 AM MDT

FARMINGTON — The tears and hugs of a mother, the obvious pride of a father, the excitement of a sister — and the cheers of countless friends and relatives greeted Spec. Jeffrey Rogers when he entered the terminal at Four Corners Regional Airport on Friday afternoon
Rogers, 21, arrived home after being wounded June 12 south of Baghdad. The Army vehicle Rogers was in was hit by six explosively formed penetrators (EFPs). Rogers' injuries were serious and included the loss of his right arm. He also had shrapnel hit his right leg.
Rogers was flown to Germany, then to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he has undergone treatment for his injuries, said his parents, Barbara and Read Rogers.
Members of the Aztec VFW; the Blue Star Mothers; Sgt. Jerald Tryhane, the local Army recruiter; Mike Colson, the local Navy recruiter; and representatives from the city of Farmington and San Juan County were on hand to celebrate Jeffrey's homecoming.
"It's important he understand how much the entire community appreciates him and is proud of his sacrifice and service," said San Juan County Commissioner Tony Atkinson."

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