Monday, August 12, 2013

Fort Carson soldier helping others after train crashed into parade float

Fort Carson soldier turns focus to others after Texas train tragedy
The Gazette
By Erin Prater
August 11, 2013

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Sanchez, who was hit by a train while riding on a float in an annual Texas parade, is now recovering at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Carson. The November 15, 2012 accident left 4 veterans dead and 16 others injured.
Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
The week was supposed to be a relaxing one, full of hunting for him and pampering for her.

A charity had chosen Sgt. 1st Class Richard Sanchez and his wife to attend an all-expenses-paid getaway to Midland, Texas, for wounded warriors and their spouses. It was supposed to take their minds off living with an injury. Sanchez was recovering at Fort Carson’s Warrior Transition Battalion for ill and injured soldiers after being shot in the right arm by an Afghan soldier during a “green on blue incident” in Kandahar last year.

Instead, the Texas getaway would land Sanchez in the hospital yet again, with his stay at the Warrior Transition Battalion extended indefinitely.
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Part of the reports from 2012

Veteran wounded in West Texas train crash plans lawsuit
By Matthew Waller

SAN ANGELO, Texas (Reuters) - Attorneys representing one of the U.S. military veterans injured last week when a freight train collided with a parade float in West Texas said on Monday they are preparing to file a lawsuit, probably against Union Pacific, the operator of the train.

Lawyers Kevin Glasheen and Bob Pottroff said they are representing the family of 31-year-old Army Sergeant Richard Sanchez, one of 16 people injured in the crash on Thursday at the parade in Midland, Texas that was part of planned events saluting U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Four veterans died in the crash.