Soldier at Eisenhower given Purple Heart

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 June 20 started as just another hot day in Afghanistan for Army Spc. Jared Bland.

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Army Spc. Jared Bland and his wife, Ashleigh, smile after he was given the Purple Heart at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center. He was injured by a suicide bomb in Afghanistan.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Army Spc. Jared Bland and his wife, Ashleigh, smile after he was given the Purple Heart at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center. He was injured by a suicide bomb in Afghanistan.

Together with other members of the 133rd Military Police Company, Bland was staffing a vehicle checkpoint when a suicide bomber’s blast threw him five feet and peppered his leg with ball bearings.

Bland was unable to move his legs, so he crawled to an intersection to provide security for his fellow soldiers. He refused medical treatment until everyone was safe.

“In the military you never leave a fallen comrade,” Bland said Friday after being awarded the Purple Heart during a ceremony at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon. Bland is at Eisenhower’s Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion. He is expected to be fully recovered in about two months.

Bland had his wife, Ashleigh, and two children by his side at the ceremony and will return home eventually to Bonneau, S.C., but that’s not enough to put him at ease.

“I won’t be totally at peace until (my fellow soldiers) come home,” he said.

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KSL 08/17/12 - 10:47 pm
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A sincere thank you to an

A sincere thank you to an American hero. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

jmo
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jmo 08/17/12 - 11:56 pm
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Thank you

A sincere "THANK YOU". You make me proud to be an American.

Tullie
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Tullie 08/18/12 - 04:48 am
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What a Hero

You are the kind of soldier everyone wants in their unit. Thank you so much for your service to your country. I too am wishing you a speedy recovery.

Frank I
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Frank I 08/18/12 - 08:18 am
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hooah!

hooah!

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/18/12 - 01:21 pm
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Purple Heart Recipient

To this brave soldier and thousands more like him - thank you and God bless you and your families.

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