Couple works to help wounded warriors

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  Thousands of brave men and women fight for our country every day,  but sadly some will return from war with injuries. News Leader Nine met one wounded warrior who is using his injury to help others in his position.

Sunday morning the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship played host to Major William Jones, who was injured in the line of duty a few years ago and is now making a full recovery. But we were also introduced to his wife Suzanne, who in some ways is just as brave as our soldiers.

"I was wounded on the 12th of November 2004 in Iraq. I was in a near ambush and was shot three times," Major William Jones still gets choked up when he talks about his time serving overseas. Although his injuries have healed, he says it's the scars you can't see that were the worst, "I pretty much recovered physically from my injuries but I was in denial for a really long time, refused to admit I was having problems until they became emergencies."

Major Jones went through recovery at Walter Reed Hospital and went home where his wife helped nurse him back to health.

Because she had gone through these trials with her husband, Suzanne Crockett-Jones was asked to serve on a national committee called the Recovering Warrior Task Force. She said there were many reasons she couldn't turn the offer down, "We still feel we have a strongly vested interest in this. Soldiers we care about are in harm's way practically every day and we know so many young soldiers who are struggling with injuries and recoveries and so I was happy to participate."

She says thousands of soldiers are injured every day and the resources the Recovery Warrior Task Force offer are priceless, whether they are going back into service or medically retiring, "It's a tough transition from being a service members at the top of his game to being injured and struggling. The entire population of our country has a vested interest in making sure those folks get back to something great."

The Recovering Warrior Task Force is made up of seven civilians and seven military personnel, and Suzanne Crockett-Jones is one of the civilian co-chairs. They work to improve mental and physical health services for the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.

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