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At Bergdahl's Sentencing, Those Forever Harmed by Search to Speak - Page 2

Sentencing hearing pushed to Wednesday due to lawyer's family emergency
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2017 11:55 AM CDT

  • Army National Guard Master Sgt. Mark Allen had already served in Iraq and could have begged off another deployment, a family friend tells the AP. "He didn't want his guys to go alone," says Robert Stokely. Deployed to Afghanistan, Allen was shot in the head in July 2009 while searching for Bergdahl. The traumatic brain injury dramatically changed life for Allen, his wife, and two children. Once an avid outdoorsman, Allen depends on a wheelchair and can't speak.
  • Jonathan Morita of California, who served as an Army corporal, was a reservist and Iraq veteran taking college classes when he was recalled for Afghanistan duty. During the search mission that left Allen wounded, a rocket-propelled grenade shattered Morita's right hand, and he now can't bend the thumb or index finger. He's had to learn again how to brush his teeth and write. "Imagine doing things with your three fingers," Morita says.

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