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Halifax County Manager Injured In Iraq Glad To Be Home

Posted May 24, 2004

— A Halifax County manager has come a long way in the past month since he was injured during an ambush on his National Guard convoy in Iraq.

Matthew Delk suffered burns on his face and hands.

"The skin is coming in real well. A few of the fingers are a little deformed and I have a few memory and hearing issues that have worked themselves out mostly," he said.

Earlier in May, Delk, with his face still swollen and his arm in a bandage, was presented the Purple Heart. He is on medical leave for just 30 days, likely headed back to Iraq to finish a tough job.

"You can tell they are not used to doing things like voting and having their say in things," Delk said. "I think it's going to take a little while. I think the country is doing the right thing in helping this country rebuild itself."

Delk also has some words about the Iraqi prison abuse scandal. He said the incidents depicted in the photos never should have happened because every soldier has a wallet-sized guide on treating prisoners.

"They are clear instructions on what to do and what not to do in dealing with prisoners and civilians," Delk said. "It shouldn't have happened, but it did and the country needs to move on and make sure that it doesn't happen again."

For now, Delk is continuing to heal with his family.

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