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Injured Selah Soldier, Evan Mettie, Returns Home

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YAKIMA -- A Selah soldier who was injured in Iraq in January of 2006 returned home for the first time Wednesday, November 14th.

24-year-old Evan Mettie suffered serious brain damage after a roadside bomb hit his vehicle on New Years Day. He has had multiple surgeries and has lost some of his brain function.

Mettie was receiving treatment at hospitals in Seattle and New Jersey for almost two years before his homecoming.

Back in March, Evan's mother, Denise Mettie, testified in front of a senate committee about the problems she has faced with the veterans healthcare system.

Mettie is unable to talk and has little movement throughout his body, but his parents say they understand what their son is trying to say through little movements and facial expressions. Most importantly they are happy to have him home.

Mettie will stay at Garden Village, a healthcare center at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. The Mettie's are adding another room to their Selah home to better care for Evan. He will move back home permanently this coming spring.