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Wounded soldier's home gets makeover

Thursday, September 06, 2012

In Mountain View Thursday, it was a case of life improvement through home improvement. You may remember the story of Army medic Brian Jergens, who was injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. ABC7 News stopped by Thursday for an update.

When a couple says, "I do," they include the words, "for better or for worse." No one appreciates their significance more than 19-year-old Jennifer Jergens of Mountain View.

"No soldier comes back the same way that they left," Jennifer said.

Though when Jergens returned from Afghanistan, last year, his condition pushed the envelope -- a roadside bomb took his legs, part of a hand, his hearing, and caused brain damage. This is a man who has come home, but still has a long way back.

When asked if he's angry or bitter about what has happened in his life, Brian answers, "That is a tricky question."

He can't change what happened in Afghanistan, but he's happy to have a permanent home at Moffett Field in California. He's grateful for his wife, and is now learning to get around on prosthetic legs.

Brian also appreciates the work that went on outside Thursday, too. Volunteers from Home Depot and a non-profit called 'HandsOn Bay Area' combined forces to put handrails on a wheelchair ramp.

Chris Boyer, among others, does not think we do enough for returning wounded veterans, "It helps with being able to be on his own and do his own thing if he wants."

One of those goals is to go to college and study medicine. After all, Brian served in the Army as a medic, "I would like to go to college. Be a real doctor."

Admittedly, that's a lofty goal down a long road. But compare the then and the now, and Brian has already come a very long way.

"Mostly I just see my husband coming back to the man I married," Jennifer said.

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