Wounded GI ends visit here

By PEGGY FUKUNAGA State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Army Sgt. Aaron Perkins, 25, is on his way back to Iraq after a Thanksgiving visit to his hometown of Frankfort.

Perkins, of the Bravo 2/3, First Armored Division from Giessen, Germany, arrived in Lexington from Iraq to a hero's reception on Nov. 19.

His mother and stepfather, Teresa and Greg Shields and his stepbrother, Eric, had been nervously waiting his arrival since they found out he was shot in the hand in August. Also waiting was Aaron Jr., his 3-year old son.

According to his mother, it was tough because he was so far away. "The first thing you want to do is be there because they are hurt," she said. "If it hadn't been for our faith, all of us would be crazy now."

It's been wonderful," she said about having her son home. "We didn't believe it until we actually saw him."

His father, Jeff Perkins of Florida, and his paternal grandmother, Flora Perkins, of Frankfort, also sighed with relief when he returned to American soil. "I'm excited, I haven't seen him for two years," Mrs. Perkins said. "He is a charming young man. I'm partial because he's my grandson."

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