Thursday, January 19, 2017

Combat Wounded Vietnam Veteran Gives Encouragement No Matter What

Temple: Vietnam veteran shares words of encouragement
KWTX 10 News
By Kristen Victorin
Jan 18, 2017
Bill Wedekind. (Photo by Kristen Victorin)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) An injured Vietnam veteran shared his story Wednesday at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System’s Domiciliary in Temple.

Bill Wedekind lost both his hands and eyes at age 18 from an IED accident in Vietnam.

In 1969 and 1973 he underwent two Krukenberg amputations, in which the distal ends of his forearms were used to create a forklike stump between the radius and the ulna.

When Wedekind returned, his grandmother suggested he follow in her footsteps as a ceramicist.

Almost 50 years later, he still enjoys throwing pottery and hopes to inspire others in the process.
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