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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:38 pm 
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Warriors Watch has been asked to do a Mug and Hug for Army Sergeant Robert Wiegand, 8th Army, 25th Infantry Division, served in the Korea, and Vietnam Wars, by his daughter Katie Sabatini.

During that time he was exposed to Agent Orange and now suffers from Parkinson's disease (diagnosed in 2006). 18 days ago he was admitted into the hospital because his body completely froze (one of the symptoms of Parkinson's) and he could not move. He also was unaware of who is family was and what was going on. When I say he froze I mean he literally was solid, like a statue. He could not bend his knees to sit or walk. After running many test it was determined that he would need intensive rehabilitation to be able to walk again, so he was transferred to a Rehabilitation Center to receive daily PT/OT/ST. Like a true soldier he was prepared to fight his mind & body to do what he needed it to do, walk, talk and remember his life. Well he has been fighting this whole time and has not only been able to walk but is exceeding the goals set for him. As he always says "I'm not going down that easy". He is coming home from the rehab facility on 8/16/19.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:29 am 
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[s]Wish I could be there to honor this warrior. Someone please give an extra hug for me.[/s]
Standing by after all!!!

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In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Steve, Eddie & Kat.
In Honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:38 pm 
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WELCOME HOME ROBERT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your service and the sacrifices you have done in our name for our Great Nation.

You have earned a debt that can never be repaid.

You were then, are now, and will forever be a True American Hero.

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Dad served under Patton from North Africa through Germany, 2 PHs 2 Bronze Stars
Son retired Navy/Navy Reserves 22 years, EOD and NEDU

I stand for them and everyone else that wrote that blank check for us.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:35 am 
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Welcome home Robert

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:07 am 
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Robert,
Thank you for your dedication and service.......Welcome home.....

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In honor of my Father TSGT James W., US Army, wounded Battle of the Bulge, my son Jason M., USMC, Purple Heart, Iraq 2004 and my son Nathan J., USMC who served in Afghanistan.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:14 pm 
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The six (6) of us were thrilled to see Mr. Wiegand make his way to us under his own power!!! After not being able to move at all, he did that and stood with us the entire time we were there. He has come so far and plans to get even better. Mr. Wiegand's spirit and humor are to be an example to all of us. When we praised him for fighting abroad and here with his health, he said he's fighting the silent fight now - for all those who are in the same situation; working to ensure they get the care they deserve (I'm paraphrasing as I can't remember his exact words).

It was our great privilege to meet him and his family, and an honor to give him the star, Warriors' Watch coin, Combat Veterans' coin, and A Hero's Welcome certificate. Mr. Wiegand is truly an American hero!

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In Honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing.


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