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Sanford Soldier Injured by IED in Iraq

Posted March 2, 2008
Updated March 3, 2008

— Sanford soldier Josiah Blystone was on his first tour of duty near Baghdad when he was seriously injured during a routine patrol.

He was “just walking along and all of a sudden the IED (improvised explosive device) exploded,” Blystone's sister Christin Porter said he told her. Shrapnel flew into his right arm, tearing apart the nerves. It also landed in the side of his face and in his right eye.

“They're not expecting him to be able to see out of it (his right eye) again,” Porter said.

Blystone is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Porter just returned from visiting him.

“Seeing all the guys there and seeing how often they're bringing in wounded soldiers, it really makes this war more realistic. Because if you're not watching the news all the time or you don't have a family member, we don't really see and feel the effects of it,” Porter said.

She said she knows her brother was lucky.

“A lot of guys lose limbs, both eyes, and their lives. I don't think they are ever the same because of this kind of thing,” she said.

Blystone was injured by the homemade bomb Feb. 16. He had only been in Iraq for about four months. He will likely be at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for another couple of weeks undergoing extensive rehabilitation.


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  • Dayum Sessy Mar 3, 2008

    I ALWAYS hate to read news like this.......

    My thoughts, prayers and thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaleighMan Mar 3, 2008

    God bless you and thank you for your brave service to our country! I hope you have a speedy recovery. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Maddie girl Mar 3, 2008

    God bless you Josiah, thank you for serving our country.

  • Adelinthe Mar 3, 2008

    ghimmy47 - Sounds like you don't know much about military benefits. The VA has nothing to do with injured soldiers STILL in the military; that's what military hospitals are for. duh

    Praying for this brave young warrior, and for all those who love him.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • tmedlin Mar 3, 2008

    duhhhh - he's not being treated by the VA....if his mother is reading this, please go to wwwmbluestarmothersnc.org
    We are here to help.

  • patriotsrevenge Mar 3, 2008

    Thank you for your loyal sevice Josiah Blystone, God Bless you.

  • ghimmy47 Mar 3, 2008

    And then the VA led by our glorious Bush Administration will make him fight again ... for his benefits and treatment.

  • Meandmytwo Mar 3, 2008

    Another sad story. I pray for his recovery and the rest of the military soldiers. They are our "HEROS"!!

  • lovinlife2010 Mar 3, 2008

    Men like this are our TRUE heros! These are the type of people that our children should be looking up to!

    Thank you sir for ALL that you do for every single one of us! You are what this country is all about!

    God Bless you and your family!! You are in my prayers!!

  • SouthernLady05 Mar 3, 2008

    God Bless him for his service to this country. Praying for a speedy recovery.