Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Young Medic Starts Long Road To Recovery

Young Medic Starts Long Road To Recovery
Thomas McBride Jr. of Long Valley helps an Afghani child who suffered a burn from an explosive. McBride is a Navy medic who was assigned to a Marine unit in Afghanistan until he was severely injured in a mortar attack.

Family, friends support West Morris Central graduate’s return
By PHIL GARBER, Managing Editor
Published: Dec 12th, 7:00 AM
Thomas J. McBride looks younger than his 25 years and the 2002 West Morris Central High School graduate wouldn’t stand out in a crowd were it not for the fact that his right leg had to be amputated after he was wounded in a mortar attack in Afghanistan.

That also goes for the more than 1,000 soldiers who have lost limbs during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many like McBride have been treated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Military Advanced Training Center in Bethesda, Md.

The dark-haired McBride is thin and of average height and like the others in the rehab center, he looks maybe 17.

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