U.S. Army Pfc. Sam Helmer Sunday, October 16, 2011 Friday, December 30, 2050

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On October 16th my son U.S. Army Pfc. Sam Helmer was severely injured in Afghanistan after taking the brunt of an insurgent's homemade bomb while providing protection with a personnel security detachment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, nicknamed "The Bulldogs." 

Sam received extensive shrapnel wounds to the left side of his body, including his chest, neck, multiple deep skull and facial bone fractures. He has lost his vision in his left eye and a good percentage in his right.

As of early December, Sam is still in Texas at the Army hospital and has been undergoing surgeries. His wife has been by his side throughout this time caring for him. Sam and his family want to thank everyone for their good wishes and prayers.

Sam is a intelligent, determined and strong young man. He has shown a positive outlook throughout all this. I have always been proud of the person my son is. Now I look at him as a hero.