Sr. Marine Lance Corporal Casey Allison with wife, Mia and daughter, Ava.
HERMISTON, OR - A Marine from Hermiston, injured in an explosion while on deployment in Afghanistan, is now with his family in the United States.
21-year-old Senior Marine Lance Corporal Casey Allison lost his right leg underneath his knee and two fingers on his left hand last week.
His mother, Kelly Hirz, says his commanding officer told her he was injured during a mission into a bazaar to investigate reports of explosives. Hirz says an allied soldier stepped on an IED, and while her son was helping to take the soldier to a Medivac, someone opened fire on them. Once the shooting stopped, Hirz says her son also stepped on an IED.
Lance Corporal Allison came back to the US within a few days. On Tuesday morning, he got to see his family for the first time in five months. When he saw his wife, Mia Allison, he also got to meet their two-month-old daughter, Ava for the first time.
Hirz says because of germs that people can bring back from Afghanistan however, the family won't be able to hug or touch him for another week. Still, she says his positive attitude is making everyone feel better.
"It's just good to see him in good spirits, and that's keeping the rest of us strong," Hirz said. "It feels wonderful to know that there's not going to be any more deployment."
This was the second deployment for the 2010 Hermiston High School graduate.
His mother says he was based out of California. Once he recovers, he'll receive an honorable discharge and a purple heart and be able to return to Oregon.
Hirz says her son hopes to wear a prosthetic leg one day that will allow him to run.
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