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Wife of injured soldier calls Bragg training accident unthinkable

Posted February 26, 2014

— Army Sgt. Cory Muzzy had deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan and returned home safely each time. So, his wife didn't think twice when he went on a training exercise last week at Fort Bragg.

Michelle Muzzy is now spending her days at Duke University Hospital, supporting her husband as he recovers from serious injuries he suffered in a training accident.

"You just never think that it's going to happen to you, honestly," she said Wednesday. "When they're deployed, you're kind of like on edge, thinking it could happen. Then they come home, and you kind of let your guard down."

When her husband said he was heading out for training, "you're, like, 'OK, be careful. no big deal.' You're not, like, 'Oh, I might lose you,'" she said.

Cory Muzzy was among seven members of the 18th Fires Brigade's 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment who were injured Friday morning while working with a 155mm towed howitzer. Cannon crew member Pfc. James Groth, 22, of Ethel, Wash., was killed in the accident.

The 25-year-old from Pecos, N.M., was undergoing surgery Wednesday morning at Duke. Michelle Muzzy said her husband has lost sight in both eyes and had his right leg amputated.

Doctors are holding out hope that he will regain some sight in his left eye, she said.

"His right leg got blown off, and they had to, like, amputate it a little more above his knee because they have to make sure there's enough skin so they can wrap it," Michelle Muzzy said. "They're still going to have to do some skin grafting."

It was 4:30 a.m. Friday when she got a call from Womack Army Medical Center to inform her of the accident and to tell her to get to the Fort Bragg hospital as quickly as possible.

Cory Muzzy doesn't remember what happened in the accident, his wife said, but he is in good spirits as he fights to recover.

"He probably should not be alive, and the fact that he is, I am just, I am blessed," said Michelle Muzzy, who met her future husband online and married him last June.

"All I want for him to do – I don't care what's wrong with him – all I want is for him to be alive, and being able to talk to me is just amazing to me," she said.

She is arranging for her in-laws to move to North Carolina from New Mexico to support him during his recovery, and the family has set up a Facebook page for donations to help with the recovery process.

"It's called Team Muzzy," she said of the Facebook page. "Basically, on that page, you can find any updates regarding Cory, and on the page, it also has the link for the donation website."

Michelle Muzzy said the Army is doing all it can to help, but she knows there will be additional expenses during her husband's recovery. She said the outpouring of support so far has been heartfelt and overwhelming.


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  • rochellemurphy85 Feb 27, 2014

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    The fundraiser was started over 24hrs AFTER the accident by myself because I know there are certain cost the military wont cover or they'll only cover the bare minimum. I am not related to Cory, but I am a vet. Not to mention the money takes time to come in when it's approved. In the mean time how are they supposed to cover the sudden loss of Michelle's income since she's not working to be there for Cory? Who's paying for the renovations on their home? Who's paying to move his parents cross country so they can support their son? The implication that Team Muzzy is more concerned with raising money than supporting Cory through his recovery is highly offensive. The sad reality is any funds they receive from the military won't be enough to cover 100% of their cost or provide the level of comfort they would have had this unfortunate accident never happened. If people want to help ease some of that burden where's the harm and who's it hurt?

  • Rod Runner Feb 27, 2014
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    Just because they've wasted a lot of money doing the wrong thing doesn't mean they're helping injured troops as they should. It's been proven time and time again that they don't.

    And I wouldn't be surprised if they charged the soldiers for some lost equipment as well. Since that has happened in the past with deployed, injured soldiers.

  • lopo Feb 27, 2014

    Soldiers train everyday to do the unthinkable. They consist of only 1 % of our population. And now we have a President and administration that has cut benefits and now considering cutting even more. Shame on our people for voting him into office.

  • Robert Malton Feb 27, 2014
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    kateyezkateyez - this article is not talking about VA, it talking about active duty soldiers. I would agree VA is a mess but one has nothing to do with the other. I had a friend shot and can no longer walk and the VA rep wanted proof he was disabled, sitting in a wheelchair didn't provide documentation (this was years ago). I feel sorry for anyone that depends upon the VA system, that why I don't obamacare won't work.

  • sadreality Feb 26, 2014

    They started fundraising within hours of the accident -- The military will pay for travel, food, lodging, etc of his immediate family in the form of TDY. There is also another source of funding that will give this soldier quite a sum of money, that he is automatically enrolled through his SGLI. Sad accident, but considering a soldier was killed, and an investigation is still pending (rumors are flying around Bragg that proper protocol was not followed prior to the misfire) ... It's just all getting a little excessive and wish the focus was on this soldier recovering and not multiple media interviews, raising money for things that will most likely be covered by the Army (that's why private fundraising is usually not authorized)... Just get well SGT and be thankful.

  • UPTOP Feb 26, 2014

    My Prayers are with this family as they will need all the support they can get while getting thru this Healing process.

  • Huey Feb 26, 2014

    Hope this young couple makes it through this ok. And Hope he can see again some. I sent some money to the fund but it's just a token to show our support and love. Bless those who suffer for our freedom.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 26, 2014

    There is a cost to maintaining a violent culture. Peace is cheaper and safer. Unfortunately, we humans are still too primitive and will probably end our reign by killing ourselves...but that doesn't mean we should stop trying to use our brain instead of our brawn.

  • kateyezkateyez Feb 26, 2014

    Actually Bob3425 I do have a clue, he's been to the VA every week 2 days a week for 5 years. He's sat in ambulances waiting for the VA to decide which hospital to send him to because they don't have room. He's been at the VA for days and they would forget to bring him meals. Don't tell me what I do and don't know. He served and now he's treated like this.

  • Robert Malton Feb 26, 2014
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    Being in a combat arms field is dangerous work, every service-member knows this. Yes accident happen and they get killed and injury it goes with the job. Not that anyone want anyone to be injury weather it is in training or combat.

    kateyezkateyez- you don't have a clue.