Army soldier recovering from TBI gets Silver Star

Army soldier recovering from TBI gets Silver Star (Image 1)

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – A Fort Campbell soldier who suffered a traumatic brain injury has received the Silver Star, the military's third highest medal for valor, for his actions to help evacuate wounded troops during a mission in Afghanistan in 2010.

After receiving the medal on Friday at the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide of Patchogue, N.Y., immediately re-enlisted in the Army to serve other wounded warriors.

Loheide and others were injured when a bomb dropped on their position during the operation. Despite his injuries and under fire, Loheide marked a landing zone for helicopters to evacuate the wounded and led his soldiers to safety.

Loheide spent several months recovering from his injury and now serves as an adaptive reconditioning non-commissioned officer at the Warrior Transition Battalion.

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