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Hughesville Military Man at Walter Reed

By Staff | Feb 11, 2009

Army Sgt. Jonathan Shaner, of Hughesville, deployed for a second time to Baghdad, Iraq, was injured Jan. 10 during a rocket attack in Baghdad.

Sgt. Shaner, who serves with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, is currently recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. from hand and traumatic brain injuries.

Sgt. Shaner was evacuated for shrapnel in his right forearm and hand secondary to a blast injury sustained from IDF.

Multiple fragments of shrapnel were removed from his wounds during a wound debridement and was listed in stable condition before being evacuated to Landstuhl for further wound care.

Following his recovery at Walter Reed, Sgt. Shaner had the opportunity to enjoy Super Bowl festivities sponsored by the National Football League and the USO of Metropolitan Washington on Feb. 1.

Shaner was among more than 250 servicemembers and wounded military personnel recovering at the medical facility who watched the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals on big-screen televisions at the Patriot Sports Zone bar.

Typically, as an infantryman, Shaner usually ends up on security details for celebrity visits rather than actually getting to participate. In an excerpt taken from www.army.com, Shaner was quoted as saying “The USO and NFL took care of us pretty well. It’s just a good place to hang out during the Super Bowl and relax. Seeing how helpful and supportive the USO and NFL really are-I’m very appreciative.”

Shaner is expected home at the end of this month, should his rehabilitation be satisfactory with the doctors. He will then spend a month in the area, visiting with his family, a relative reported.