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