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 Thursday during a ceremony at his unit’s headquarters. His wife and three children stood proudly at his side.

“I didn’t sacrifice the way some of my brothers did,” he said.

The medal was awarded for wounds sustained during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. While 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.

Read more about Lawry's service in tomorrow's Killeen Daily Herald.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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