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A Local Iraq Veteran is Improving After Brain Injuries from a Car Bomb

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YAKIMA, Wash-We often praise our soldiers for fighting for our country, but sometimes their stories are forgotten.

We introduced one soldier to you last year and we met up with him again to see how he is doing.

Evan left to fight in Iraq when he was only 19 years old.  He was there for 15 months.  A few months after he returned he was deployed once again.  But this time he would leave with a different outcome.

On New Years day 2006 he was injured in a car bomb.  Evan was left with severe brain injury and cannot walk or speak.  He now spends his days at Garden Village Nursing Home.  But his parents say he will not be in this condition forever.

"We've seen Evan do amazing things he has surpassed all of the prognoses that he was given," said Denise Mettie, Evan's mother.

Evan's parents are now building an addition onto their home so Evan can move out of the nursing home.  They believe he will really bloom once he can finally be home.  

"10 years down the road I see Evan speaking. I see Evan using his hands.  My up most hope is that he is walking.  You know in my heart I fully believe this is possible," said Evan's mother.

 An award ceremony will be held for Evan on the 25th.  He was unable to receive his award with his unit because of his injuries.  But friends and family will now be able to celebrate one of our country's heroes.