Micci continues recovery from Iraq mortar wounds
Half a year after being severely wounded in Iraq, Westside-raised Army Pfc. Steven Micci continues his recovery.
The 21-year-old soldier with the 3rd Infantry Division has needed multiple surgeries on his jaw and left leg - the grim consequence of a close-by mortar round Jan. 12 - and more work is scheduled on his jaw this month.
The good news was being able to come home on vacation in late June, where he got to see his wife Sarah, young daughter Mia and other family members.
He's back on his feet now, although still with a noticeable limp, according to his mother Kathy.
The upcoming surgery will graft bones from his hip to promote better healing in the mandible of his jaw.
Asked about his progress in a phone interview during his visit, Steven responded that he's “holding up pretty well.” He expressed appreciation for the support he's received from friends and family, as well as from random folks. “When I run into people, they say, 'It's good to hear you're getting better.'”
The hope is for a full recovery. If not, a medical discharge is eventually possible, Steven said. His unit is slated to return from Iraq in October. For now, he'll be assigned to his unit's base at Fort Stewart, near Savannah, Georgia. Even if he's still physically limited, “they'll find something for me to do,” Steven said.
His sister Kristina is also serving in the War on Terror. She's a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.
What happened to Steven has not altered his belief in the United States' mission to transform Iraq from what had been an American-hating dictatorship until 2003 into an American-allied free country. “I believe we are making a change,” he said. “We're helping people out there, asking them what needs to be done and improving their quality of life. That's a big part of what's going on. Some are catching on, some are stuck in their ways, and some don't want us there at all.”
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