Scott Schroeder of Clarksville, Tennessee will be surprised and honored this Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1pm after an 18 month rehabilitation and 35 surgeries.
Schroeder, a 25 year war veteran, sustained life threatening injuries on December 10, 2010 when his Humvee exploded in Afghanistan. Finally, he will be able to return home on Sunday, July 22,2012 with two new prosthetic legs which include state of the art functioning knees.
Hundreds of friends, family, fellow soldiers and members of the Clarksville community will honor him at 1pm at Beachaven Winery, 1100 Dunlop Lane Clarksville, TN 37040. The surprise picnic will feature food, drink and music on the grounds of the winery.
Coordinators are asking that everyone bring a covered dish to make sure there is enough food for everyone.
Picnic coordinator and close friend, Joanna Brown, said “We wanted to do something special for Scott since he is experiencing one of the longest rehabilitations of anyone returning from the war in Afghanistan.” “While most other wounded warriors have returned home, Scott’s injuries were so severe that he has had to extend his care at Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda Naval Hospital and now at Blanchfield Army hospital at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. “
He will still need several more surgeries on his right arm, but at least now he can return home.” “Scott’s desire to return home to his family and friends has motivated him to work extra hard on his rehab so that he could make this relocation to Fort Campbell’s rehabilitation unit.” Brown said.
Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers will present a proclamation to honor the event. The Patriot motorcycle riders will provide a surprise escort for Schroeder to the event. Current members of the US Army 5th group Special Forces will create a flag tunnel at the entrance of the winery.
Local sponsors for the free event include Budweiser of Clarksville, Queen City Restaurant Supply and Beachaven Winery.
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