Army soldier recovering from TBI gets Silver Star

CORRECTS RANK TO SGT. 1ST CLASS INSTEAD OF STAFF SGT. - Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide talks with reporters on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky., about receiving the Silver Star for his actions in Afghanistan. Loheide suffered a brain injury when a bomb fell on his position in June 2010, but despite his injuries he helped evacuate other wounded soldiers. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall)

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

After receiving the honor during a Friday ceremony at the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide (LOH'-hyd) of Patchogue, N.Y., immediately re-enlisted in the Army to serve other wounded warriors like him.

Several of Loheide's former teammates returned to Fort Campbell to see him accept the military's third-highest medal for valor, which he said was earned by everyone in his unit.

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.


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