Brentwood gives local soldier hero's welcome home - WKRN News 2

Brentwood gives local soldier hero's welcome home

Posted: Updated: Dec 20, 2011 2:41 PM

The community of Brentwood greeted a local soldier injured overseas with a welcome home parade, complete with a 20-motorcycle police escort, Tuesday morning.

U.S. Army Specialist Andrew Wilson returned home following a devastating injury while on patrol in Afghanistan.

On October 19, the 24-year-old Brentwood native stepped on an IED and lost both his legs in the explosion.

Following the injury, Wilson was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. to begin rehabilitation.

To prepare their home for Wilson's arrival, his family turned to Brentwood police Chief Ricky Watson who helped another Brentwood family with a similar issue just last year.

Chief Watson rallied the community for help and while one construction team made a bathroom in the home handicap accessible, another company installed a two-story wheelchair lift that will allow Wilson easy access to the entire home.

"It's been amazing to watch our community come together for Andrew," Wilson's mother, Kim said. "He's just going to be able to roll right in. We've been overwhelmed from the support we have gotten from the community."

A fund has also been set up Regions Bank to help the Wilson family make necessary changes to their home.  Donations can be made to the Andrew Wilson Fund at any Regions bank branch.

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