LCpl. Casey was injured after rushing to the aid of a fellow comrade who stepped on an explosive device. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. According to his mother, Kelly, "Casey was carrying a wounded British paratrooper to safety and was fired upon. They (the group) ran for cover and after the gun fire stopped, they continued to safety with the injured paratrooper. Casey was in front and stepped on a pressure plate. No one else was injured." Casey lost his right leg below the knee and his pinky & ring finger on his left hand. His mom reports he is in good spirits and acting like himself - apparently he has quite the sense of humor and was known to boost the morale of his fellow devil dogs!
Casey's wife, Mia, and new born daughter will be right by his side as he endures the many surgeries ahead.
Please keep this family close in thought and prayer. Cards and letters will be forwarded to Casey just as soon as we get them.
LCpl. Casey is still undergoing many surgeries! He had to have another finger amputated because of the extent of the injuries on his hand. He has been battling an infection in his good leg because of two different kinds of bacteria he brought back from Afghanistan. His pain has been hard to get a handle on, so he was moved back into ICU. He is very tired - but his mom says he is a fighter! The are so appreciative of all the prayers being sent their way.
got a brief update on Casey's progress from his Mom yesterday. She tells us "Casey is going for appointments today.. for pre-op for skin graph operation scheduled the 8th. Also, Possibly getting pin and stitches out of hand. That will be a relief. He keeps knocking the pin ( sticks out a inch) into things.. or clumsy me, hit it once helping him do something. Ouch!" glad to hear that things are continuing to improve for Casey. I'm sure he feels the love and encouragement coming from all his OPPAL supporters!
A couple of very cool things happened to LCpl Casey recently. He was promoted to Corporal by the commanding officer of his company during a ceremony held in early May. Congratulations Cpl. Casey! Secondly, he was sent a very special video "shout out" from Gary Sinise (also known as Lt. Dan)! In the message, Gary wished him well, thanked him for his service and mentioned he hoped to meet him in person during one of his visits to the hospital. We also found out that a benefit dinner and auction is planned for Casey back in his hometown later in June....the great news is he will be able to attend!
Casey had an amazing welcome when he returned home for the benefit auction and dinner. The local community certainly showed him just how much he is loved and supported. Exciting news for Casey, he has been able to get behind the wheel and DRIVE without the help of special equipment! He also had a casting made for the prosthetic addition to his hand. They say it will very realistic. Isn't modern medicine amazing? The prosthetic will replace the fingers and part of his hand that is missing. We also found out that Casey and wife, Mia, celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary last month. Please join me in wishing them many years of happiness.
Cpl. Casey's mom wrote a lovely card to all of YOU - his supporters. She wrote: "Dearest Operation PAL. I had to write & thank you for forwarding all the kind cards & letters from around the nation. All the cards & letters will be ready by Casey & someday, little Ava. She will see the love & support for her Daddy. I pray nightly for all the kind souls that took the time to write and show support. Your generosity will be remembered forever! God Bless, Kelly
If there is ever any doubt in your mind that your card or letter does not make a difference - this note of appreciation should show you just how much it really means to the wounded AND their family! Thank you!
Date added to program: 2/4/2014
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