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Injured veteran returns home, community reaches out

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A young marine suffers a tragic loss while serving our country in Afghanistan. This week, he returns home, and members of his community are trying to help him get back on his feet.

"I just felt like I needed to serve, needed to give back." -says Lance Corporal Adam Devine.

As long as he can remember, Devine always had a desire to join the military. But, during a tour in the Middle East back in December, the unthinkable happened. An IED explosion permanently damaged Adam's legs.

"I remember that I got blown forward. I couldn't roll over, I tried kicking my legs out to help me roll over, but it just wasn't working. Then, somebody rolled me over, and [my legs] were there, but they were barely attached." -Devine recalls.

Since his amputation, Adam has been going through therapy in Maryland. But this week, he returns home, to Dixon. He's greeted with a parade in his honor, where Adam is given awards for his service. But that's not all. A benefit at Dixon's VFW aims to raise money for Adam, to help offset his recovery expenses. Adam's parents say people have been nothing but generous.

"It's not just the Dixon community, people who have been following on Facebook have sent donations in. We don't know who these people are, and it's just amazing that, even in this economy, people will still support something like this. I think it's great." -says Adam's father Terry Devine.

The benefit includes a bake sale, bags tournament, food and beverage vendors, along with auctions and live music. Adam will receive the proceeds from merchandise, admissions, and most food and drink sales. Even though he's having fun at home, in the back of his mind, Adam knows he'll be leaving on the 28th, for more therapy on the East coast. In about a year's time, Adam will have new prosthetic legs, and he'll be able to walk again. But, that means he only has two weeks to enjoy the small town he loves so much.

"It's very bittersweet, because I love being here. I love being home. I love the small town community." -adds Devine.

To follow Adam's story, and his progress with rehab, check out the link below to his Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Join-Elbows-for-Adam/167920746641544

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