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Update On Injured CdA Soldier

Update on Staff Sgt. Jason Rzepa (name is pronounced ‘zeppa’):  Staff Sgt. Rzepa sustained serious leg injuries in the same attack that killed Sgt. Beyers and Spc. Newby.  His family has released this update:

  •  Both his legs were amputated below the knees as a result of the attack.
  • He received a Purple Heart medal on Jul 8 while in the military hospital in Iraq.
  • He is now back in the U.S. and as of Jul. 13 he is on his way to Ft. Sam Houston, TX for additional medical attention.
  • His family will join him soon to assist him through recovery, prosthesis and extensive physical therapy.

Quote from the Rzepa family:  “Despite having had both of his legs amputated below the knees, Jason’s spirits are extremely high and we are very optimistic for a speedy recovery.  Jason has asked us to extend a huge message of thanks for the overwhelming amount of support, prayers and positive energy our friends, family and the community have displayed during this trying time.  This will surely assist Jason through a speedy recovery and we are greatly appreciative.”

You can find the schedule for honor procession and services for fallen Coeur d'Alene soldiers here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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