Children attending today’s Homewood CRS Limb Deficiency Clinic had the opportunity to visit with a soldier who lost a limb as a result of a service-related injury.
The visit was part of a pilot program of the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2). If successful, the program will be expanded to sites in San Diego and Washington, D.C.
The Birmingham program is being facilitated by Capt. Christopher Tanner, who is the executive officer for and assistant professor of military science for the Army ROTC at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Accompanying him was Delvin Maston, a retired staff sergeant in the U.S. Army. Maston, an above-the-knee amputee, was injured in 2009 during a combat deployment.
The group has been visiting the Limb Deficiency Clinic since May.
Gara Johnson, CRS nurse coordinator, said the children as well as their families enjoy spending time with the soldiers.
“It’s really good for the kids to see adults with limb deficiencies who are living rich, full lives,” she said. “The soldiers are always very upbeat, positive, and encouraging. Most of their conversations have been so involved that we’ve had to interrupt them just so the doctors could see the patients.”