Georgia veteran to undergo surgery decade after being shot in face
Published April 18, 2016
Nearly 10 years after being shot in the face by a sniper, a Georgia Navy veteran will undergo surgery Monday to repair his badly damaged mouth and jaw.
Dusty Kirby, 32, of Canton, Georgia, was shot in the face while on guard duty with a U.S. Marines unit in Iraq on Christmas Day in 2006.
"I was hit with a high-powered sniper rifle,” Kirby told Fox5 Atlanta, pointing at his chin. "It impacted right here, and made contact [on] the middle of my tongue, and then blew my jaw out here.”
Military trauma surgeons saved Kirby’s life, and he’s since undergone over 30 operations. The father of four recently received a letter confirming that a team of New York City surgeons will repair his mouth and jaw. The surgeons are part of Marine Assist, which provides free plastic surgery and dental services to Marine veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Kirby will only have to pay for his hospital stay after the operations.
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Monday, April 18, 2016
Georgia Iraq Veteran Getting Surgery 10 Years After Being Wounded
This article leaves many questions. Why has it taken so long for this? Plus there is a section talking about the cost being covered by a charity and the veteran will only have to pay for his hospital stay after the surgery. So why would he have to pay anything? Why wouldn't the VA cover it? This veteran should not have to pay a single dime!