Homecoming set in Sardis City for wounded soldier Corey Garmon | News
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC)- Etowah County is preparing for a homecoming to welcome another hometown hero.
Corey Garmon, a Cavalry Scout stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Washington, was critically injured by a roadside bomb in the Kandihar province of Afghanistan July 11. Garmon lost both legs below the knee—the left leg at the time, with the right leg being amputated later. Garmon has been recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Betheseda, Maryland in the four months since.
Garmon is expected to return to his hometown of Sardis City in north Etowah County, on Friday, Nov. 16, for a nine-day Thanksgiving week visit.
His grandmother, Martha Jones of Piedmont, tells FOX6 News the plans call for Garmon to be flown into the Huntsville airport at 10:22 a.m. Friday. From there, a police escort, along with the Patriot Guard motorcycle group, will escort Garmon's limousine to Etowah County. The limo is expected to pass by Carlisle Elementary, Whitesboro Elementary and Sardis High School before coming to the Sardis City Senior Activity Center for the homecoming at 2 p.m.
"When he sees people that he hasn't saw in a while, the people that's helped out so much, he is really going to be excited. He'll be emotional too," Martha Jones tells FOX6 News.
"I'm always proud to see my grandchildren at any time, but this is special. I'm so proud of him for what he's done for our country, not only him but all of our veterans," her husband, Edgar Jones, added.
The Prayers for Corey Garmon Facebook page now has more than 5,000 likes.
The Joneses attended the Oct. 19 homecoming in Glencoe for another Etowah County wounded warrior, Josh Wetzel. SPC Wetzel also lost both of his legs from a roadside bomb, in his case May 31. Garmon and Wetzel were in adjacent rooms at one point at Walter Reed, and the two, along with their families, have gotten to know one another. Both were also stationed at Fort Lewis before deploying to Afghanistan.
Wetzel eventually returned to Betheseda nine days after his homecoming, and Garmon's leave is also for nine days, long enough to spend Thanksgiving with his family.
Martha Jones says Garmon could be recovering at Walter Reed for up to two years but adds "hopefully, it'll be much shorter than that."
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