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Wounded East TN Marine returns home

12:44 AM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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  • Regina Evans enjoys one of her two new porches
  • Evans shows his several different prosthetic legs
    

An East Tennessee Marine wounded in Afghanistan is back home, for good.

Last December, Claiborne County Marine Lance Corporal Cody Evans lost both of his legs in bomb blast.

He has spent the time since then recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

After a few brief visits to East Tennessee, Evans officially moved back home this past weekend where he says he looks forward to the peace and quiet of the countryside.

"Seeing all my family and friends and everything. Just, being home."

The house where he once lived got a facelift while he was gone. During his time in Maryland, friends and community members worked to renovate Evans' home. In order to make it handicap-accessible, they added ramps to two new porches, widened doorways and added additional rooms to the home.

"Everybody that's helped us be able to be back home, I just want to thank them all," said Evans' mother, Regina. She, too, is happy to return to East Tennessee after spending the year in Maryland with her son.

"Almost a year that I've not got to live in my house, and he's not either," she said, motioning to Cody, "and so we're really happy to be back home."

Evans is now planning his future in East Tennessee.

"I'd like to stick around, at least close to home," he said. The Marine plans to attend school where he'll study history, and would like to one day teach.

As for his physical progress, he is walking with several sets of prosthetic legs and looks forward to new technology that will assist him in the future.

"Even in the next few years it's going to advance from what I've been hearing from my prosthetist and other people in the industry. They're making leaps and bounds with stuff like that."

Evans deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.

He was a member of Delta Company, along with Lance Corporal Frankie Watson. Watson, a Monroe County Marine, died while on duty in 2011 from gunshot wounds.

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