Soldiers continue recovery at Walter Reed

Becky Campbell • Sep 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Two local natives injured within days of each other while serving in separate military units in Afghanistan are continuing to recover at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., their families said Friday.

“He’s doing pretty good,” said Amanda Lane about her husband, U.S. Army Pfc. Marshall Lane, a combat medic for the 549th Military Police Company. He was injured Aug. 13, just two days before his deployment was to end.

Lane, 23, a Johnson City native and Science Hill High School graduate, is recovering from being shot while on a training mission with an Afghanistan military police unit.

Lane’s injury caused damage to his kidneys due to blood loss and shock. His wife said the medical staff at Walter Reed said his kidney function is improving, although there is still a possibility he may have to get a blood transfusion.

Lane is still being treated at Walter Reed, but has moved to an area of the facility for out patient treatment.

Sgt. Josh Hall, 22, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., stepped on an IED while on foot patrol July 31. He was in Afghanistan on his second tour of duty and just a month away from coming home when he was injured.

He lost his left leg because of the blast, but his father said his son’s skin grafts over the wound are healing but it’s been a painful process.

Both Lane and Hall received the Purple Heart medal for their sacrifice while serving in Afghanistan and have had some high-profile visitors while recovering at Walter Reed.

Roger Hall, Josh’s father, said a general visited earlier this week and pinned the Purple Heart on Josh.

Other visitors to Lane and Hall include President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

The families are trying to stay positive about their soldiers’ recovery.

“God put this situation on us for a reason,” Amanda Lane said. She said her husband is eager and willing to share his story.

“He’s thankful for everyone’s prayers, thoughts, cards and gifts. It’s been awesome. If it wasn’t for God, he definitely wouldn’t be here.”

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