We are featured in our hometown paper over the weekend, in the State Journal Register out of Springfield, IL. James and I both did interviews for this piece talking about a reading event being held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Libarary on Veterans Day. Below is a small excerpt of the article, to read the full article please just click here.
James Sperry easily could have been among the thousands of fallen U.S. service members whose names will be read this Veterans Day at sites across the country, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
Sperry, who grew up in Chatham and Petersburg, was a Marine lance corporal serving in Iraq when a rocket-propelled grenade hit him in the head in November 2004 during the second Battle of Fallujah. He was left with shrapnel in his chest and injuries to his brain.
After years of struggles, including battles with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, drug and alcohol problems, and a 2006 suicide attempt, Sperry, 27, has formed an organization called The Fight Continues. The group aims to help today’s returning veterans who are facing similar challenges.
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