June 13, 2012 - In August of last year, Army Sergeant Anson Curry, 26, took a penetrating shrapnel wound to the head from a grenade blast while serving in Afghanistan. Yesterday, surrounded by family, friends and VA staff, that same soldier was awarded his Purple Heart.
"It is an honor, it is a privilege, and it is a very humbling experience to be here today," declared Brigadier General Sylvia Crockett, California's first Latina general and Assistant Division Commander for the 40th Infantry Division, before awarding Sgt. Curry with his Purple Heart.
It was a warm afternoon in the VA Palo Alto Healing Garden, as the Patriot Guard surrounded the parameter with our nation's flags. Sgt. Curry's friends, family, and colleagues added to the perfect setting for the ceremony. By his side were his wife, Minerva; JJ and Mina, two of his three children; his parents, Roscoe and Sharlene; his brother Christian; and his sister, Rachael.
The ceremony was powerful and the culmination of nearly a year of arduous rehabilitation. Although unable to express himself in words, it was obvious to all that Sgt. Curry was moved and knew this ceremony was to honor him and his sacrifice.
"I was so proud," older brother Christian later recalled, "I got really emotional and I had the realization that my emotion is no longer sadness. It’s turned into just being so proud of him...he deserves this." Christian, 32, with his partner Rob uprooted from Las Vegas immediately following his brother’s injury in order to support him during this troubling time.
Quietly holding his hand during the ceremony was Minerva, his wife, who also has been by his side since he arrived stateside. Minerva was awarded the Silver Star Banner, which signifies a family whose loved one was injured in combat. Sgt. Curry and his family remain strong and optimistic as they see signs of great improvements. His son JJ relayed that he is hopeful for his father's future.
The great sacrifice Sgt. Anson Curry made has clearly not gone unnoticed or unappreciated by his friends, his family and his country.
Anson Curry is being cared for by the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPHCS) at the Polytrauma System of Care.
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