FORT HOOD — As Sgt. Shane Lawry’s Army service comes to a close next month, he was pinned with a Purple Heart Medal in front of his peers.
The Warrior Transition Brigade soldier thanked everyone for their time as he received the medal during a ceremony Thursday at his unit’s headquarters. His wife and three children stood at his side.
“I didn’t sacrifice the way some of my brothers did,” he said.
The medal was awarded for wounds he sustained during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.
While Lawry was on patrol with the 101st Airborne Division in east Paktika province, the enemy detonated a bomb. Lawry suffered a concussion and a traumatic brain injury.
The paperwork for the medal was completed two years ago, but with Lawry’s move to Fort Hood and reassignment to the transition brigade, he never formally received the award.
“It’s an honor to present this to you today,” said Lt. Col. Michael Burcham, the commander of the brigade’s 1st Battalion.
In May, Lawry will be medically retired. He plans to move back to Wisconsin, where he’s looking forward to teaching his children how to hunt and fish.
Thanks to the transition brigade, he said he’s been able to focus on healing and get the most out of life.
“They helped me get back into things I used to enjoy,” he said.
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