Lance Cpl. Matthew Fitzpatrick.
While on a mission in Iraq supporting a sniper team, Fitzpatrick came under fire. He was injured by an IED while on foot.
"I took pretty good shrapnel wounds to my legs, a laceration to my scrotum, shrapnel to my left arm and I was unconscious," Fitzpatrick said. He underwent several surgeries at an Army hospital in Ramadi before arriving at Maxwell Hall.
He said he'd get out after the end of his tour.
"I can't get back to my sniper team so I don't want to stay in. I'm going to get out and go home and go to school," he said. He plans to become an electrician.
But for now, Fitzpatrick is where he needs to be to continue healing, physically and emotionally.
He said that everyday events can sometimes provoke anxiety.
"If something happens, like a lightening storm, sometimes it doesn't click that it's a lightening storm and then you figure out what it is and it's not that big of a deal. But the first one is really kind of interesting," Fitzpatrick mused. "Just about everybody in Iraq has been blown up and shot at. It's kind of a Marine Corps-wide thing, I guess. It's just good to be around other wounded Marines now that I'm back."
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