You know we love us the military here at KISS-FM.  We do a weekly feature called Military Mondays to give some website love to the brave men and women who are stationed at Fort Bliss.  This week, I'd like to point you in the direction of the El Paso Times, and the story of a Bliss soldier who was injured serving our country.

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21 year old Specialist Christopher D. Holmes is with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and back in September of 2011, his life changed forever.  He was wounded by shrapnel after a homemade bomb went off while he was on patrol in Afghanistan.  The blast took off his right earlobe, and shrapnel embedded above his jawline, behind his nose, and in his lower back.  He has some remaining nerve damage that has left him with some ringing in his ears, and difficulty with eating.

Spc. Holmes recently received the Purple Heart in a ceremony at East Fort Bliss with his wife and company looking on.

Spc. Holmes said he was proud to have it pinned on in front of his unit and his wife during the December ceremony.

The couple were married last year.

His wife, Christina, said that, "He definitely saw the ugly side", of being deployed.

Christina went on to say that she is very proud of her husband.

Spc. Holmes said he knows he will be deployed again, and understands that that is life in the Army, but while a small part of him wants to go back, he is enjoying being at home with his wife.

Check out the full story by clicking here.  Our thanks go out to Spc. Holmes and the troops in his company.  Our prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family.

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