ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Patriot Guard Riders honored a wounded warrior Wednesday as he arrived in San Diego and traveled to his new treatment facility in Escondido.
The diverse group of motorcyclists escorted Army Sgt. Anson Curry's ambulance from Brown Field Municipal Airport to the Learning Services Program in Escondido, where he will receive psychological, physical, speech and occupational therapy.
“It's just something that needs to be done so people don't forget who is working for us to keep this nation free,” Patriot Guard Rider Russell Johnson said.
The 26-year-old military sergeant suffered a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan in August. He spent the last nine months at the VA hospital in Palo Alto undergoing extensive surgeries and receiving medical care.
Minie Currey, the wounded warrior's wife, said he has all of his mental capacity but he is unable to speak and must be fed through a tube.
Sgt. Curry communicates using an iPad application. Minie is hopeful he will someday be able to eat and hopefully even walk again.
“Today was kind of his graduation from leaving the VA to his next step,” said Minie Curry. “I've been told several times that it's going to be a long road but he’s determined and has been making every effort to get better.”
“It's just the perfect scenario to support him and Minie because she is equally important in his recovery,” said Teresa Dwight, the clinical director at Learning Services. “There is a lot of camaraderie here. There are other services members that are here.”