Friday, November 29, 2013

Combat injury brings true thankfulness for holiday

Thanksgiving brings that time of year when we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. This year, the day takes on a very special meaning for the Chambers family of Anchor Point.

Josh Chambers, the elder of two sons born to Kevin and Nancy Chambers, graduated from Homer High School in 2000. He joined the Air Force in 2008, and, last week, was shot in his right leg — just below the knee — while on duty in Afghanistan.
Chambers first underwent surgery on his leg in Germany, with a second surgery taking place in Seattle. He will soon undergo physical therapy.
“The news is good,” Nancy said. “No pins were needed, and the nerve damage was not as severe as they first feared. The doctors were able to close the wound with no skin grafts, and it looks like the leg could heal by itself.”
Chambers’ hardy Alaska doggedness is certainly nothing new.
“Josh was a very intense kid,” his mother explained. “He was competitive, athletic and driven.”

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