Alabama Soldiers Recovering in Neighboring Hospital Rooms
BETHESDA, Md. (WHNT) — Two Alabama soldiers wounded by separate explosions in Afghanistan are in the same Maryland hospital receiving treatment for amputations.
Army specialists Josh Wetzel and Corey Garmon are from neighboring counties, and are currently in neighboring rooms at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Garmon is a cavalry scout from Boaz, and the former Sardis High School football star joined the Army in 2011.
He lost his left leg below the knee last week after an improvised explosive device went off near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Wetzel, a paratrooper from Glencoe in Etowah County, had both legs amputated in June after a similar IED explosion, also in Afghanistan.
On Sunday, the Prayers for Josh Wetzel page on Facebook posted a message that Garmon was to go to a Texas hospital.
The Wetzel family asked people to pray that Garmon could stay near his support system on the east coast.
Later that day they shared the news their prayers were answered, as Garmon was reassigned to Walter Reed, the same hospital where Wetzel received treatment and therapy the past month.
When Garmon arrived Sunday, Wetzel’s mother Cathi was there to hold his hand, until Garmon’s mother, Lori, could get there.
Recovering from his own double amputation, specialist Wetzel rolled his wheelchair over to Garmon’s bed and led a prayer.
Facebook pages for the two soldiers help keep thousands of supporters informed of their recovery and also share pictures of visitors, including President Barack Obama who stopped by June 28 to thank Wetzel and other Wounded Warriors for their service.
The military is covering all medical costs for the soldiers, but their families are taking time off of work to travel to Maryland.
There are donation jars at several convenience stores, shops, and restaurants in the Boaz and Sardis City area, and Saturday morning there will be some roadblocks with collections at three main intersections.
There will be a tent set up at Holland Brothers Motors on Highway 431 with t-shirts and bracelets sold to benefit the Garmon family.
For more information about those events, click here.
The Alabama Teachers Credit Union is also accepting contributions.
You can make a donation to the Wetzel family through Wish Upon a Hero.
Correction: In the broadcast version of this story, SPC Corey Garmon was identified as an Alabama fan. WHNT News 19 has since learned that he supports the Florida Gators.