Brentwood prepares home for injured soldier’s return

Brentwood prepares home for injured soldier's return (Image 1)

The community of Brentwood has come together to make this holiday season even more special for one military family.

U.S. Army Specialist Andrew Wilson will return home next week following a devastating injury while on patrol in Afghanistan.

On October 19, the 24-year-old Brentwood native stepped on an IED and lost both his legs in the explosion.

Following the injury, Wilson was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. to begin rehabilitation.

Wilson's sister, Whitney Fotineas, told Nashville's News 2 her brother recently got his second prosthetic leg and is doing great.

“We are very proud of him,” she added.  “He is determined to beat this and have a great future.”

To prepare their home for Wilson's arrival, his family turned to Brentwood police Chief Ricky Watson who helped another Brentwood family with a similar issue just last year.

“Our whole house is built up,” Wilson's stepmother Kim explained, “and so the only way to get in is through stairs.”

Chief Watson rallied the community for help and while one construction team made a bathroom in the home handicap accessible, another company installed a two-story wheelchair lift that will allow Wilson easy access to the entire home.

“It's been amazing to watch our community come together for Andrew,” Kim Wilson said. “He's just going to be able to roll right in. We've been overwhelmed from the support we have gotten from the community.”

Wilson arrives in Middle Tennessee on Tuesday and will receive a hero's welcome complete with a 20-motorcycle police escort and parade.

The parade will begin around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Maryland Way and Franklin Road and travel south on Franklin Road, turn left on Concord Road and travel east to Sunset Road.

Supporters are encouraged to line the parade route to help give Wilson a warm welcome home.

A fund has also been set up Regions Bank.  Donations can be made to the Andrew Wilson Fund at any Regions bank branch.

For more information on ways to help, contact Brentwood police Chief Watson at 615-371-0160.

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