Kansas Marine Injured In Afghanistan On Road To Recovery

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Monday, December 6, 2010

A Kansas Marine injured in Afghanistan is on the road to recovery.

Sergeant Jonathon Blank of Augusta was hit by explosives on October 26.

The Marine, is now in Texas, recovering from life-threatening injuries.

Since then, Sgt. Blank's family, and now his community have been there to support him, helping their local hero fight like he did for them.

As a result of the blast, Sgt. Blank lost both of his legs and suffered numerous injuries.

According to his father he is finally on the road to recovery.

"He's done well, and he's coming around. He's going to be fine," said Matthew Blank, Sgt. Jonathon Blank's Father.

Monday, Sgt. Blank was moved from Maryland to San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center where he will undergo rehabilitation.

"It's going to be such a long process, he has to go through these things," said Matthew Blank.

It is a process he did not have to go through. Sgt. Blank chose to re-enlist for his latest tour, not wanting to leave his fellow Marines in battle alone.

"He says he has no regrets. I'm sure when he's laying there, there are moments, as there should be. As for the job he was doing, why he was there, the people he was with, no regrets," said Matthew Blank.

Since the day Sgt. Blank was injured, the entire community of Augusta has come out to support him through numerous fundraisers. The latest will be held Tuesday at Dairy Queen sponsored by people who don't even know him.

"Anyone who would come forth and put his life and limb on the line for us, this is the least we can do for them, especially someone who didn't have to go back and do this. He did it on his own accord, and hats off to him," said Ross Rountree, Owner, Dairy Queen.

Hats off to his family as well, who said they are humbled by the outpouring of community support.

"Thank you is all you can say, and be forever indebted to him, and all the folks that have stepped up and given prayers and substance for my son. Awesome," said Matthew Blank.

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