SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT. (AP) - A GI who lost his legs in Afghanistan says he's grateful for the quick action of a fellow soldier who helped save his life after a roadside bombing.
Sgt. Edward Matayka (muh-TAKE-uh) reunited Saturday with Specialist David Schwerer (SHH-where) at a homecoming ceremony for Vermont National Guard troops returning from a one-year war zone deployment.
Matayka, a 33-year-old Army medic from Lee, N.H., lost his limbs and suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed in the July 2 bombing, which claimed the life of another soldier. Schwerer, who was in another vehicle when the bomb hit Matayka's, applied tourniquets to his legs.
Matayka, who was flown to Vermont from Virginia so he could be there when Schwerer got home, gave him a big hug and lots of praise.