Wounded Airman Visits The Brazos Valley

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

It's been a long road to recovery for 21-year-old air force senior airman Dan Acosta.

"I'm out walking now and getting out. I had lost my left arm and had injuries to my legs," said Senior Airman Dan Acosta, Air Force.

Acosta is one of America's heroes, in December he was wounded on a battlefield in Baghdad, a roadside bomb claiming his limb. He has been recovering at a San Antonio military hospital ever since.

Saturday was an important day, he was honored with a special thank you, a day trip to college station.

"It's a great feeling to know we did good things and we helped out a lot of people and saved lives," said Acosta.

Acosta started his trip with a visit the George Bush Presidential Library, later he attended the Aggie men's basketball game. All made possible by the non-profit Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.

"You hear so much about the soldiers going to Iraq and that are there and the ones that have come back that have died, we forget about the wounded. They think they come back and everything's okay and they're the ones that really need a lot more help," said TSgt. Dan Vargas, Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.

Dan Vargas is active duty Air Force, but spends his free time volunteering with the coalition. He says trips like this one, help soldiers adjust to being back in America.

"To get back out in public and be appreciated for what they did eases with not just the physical, but psychological part of warfare," said Vargas.

"You always hear the saying of how much the military and the Air Force is a family and you don't really notice it until something happens and you see it come together," said Acosta.

Acosta feels his service to America is not complete. Once he's fully recovered, Acosta wants to return to active duty and continue to fight for freedom.


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