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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

Vet to receive special chair



RETURNING HOME: Jereme Sawyer of Rochester, Wash., is greeted by family upon his return home in September 2012. Sawyer lost both legs near the knees to a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan. He will be the recipient of a special TrackChair in a campaign now going on around Goldendale to raise funds to purchase the high-utility vehicle.

The Track Chair for a Hero Committee has found its hero.

Army SPC Jereme Sawyer was moving barricades, called T-walls, near forward combat outpost HR-2 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on April 3, 2012, when his life changed forever. The cause was an improvised explosive device (IED) that went off just three feet from where he was standing, taking both legs just below the knee, shredding his eardrums, and fracturing his pelvis in 10 places.

In earlier wars, he likely would have died soon after. But advanced medical techniques and the strong support of his fellow soldiers in the 5-20 Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, kept him alive.

It was a long, painful recovery inv...

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