Injured veteran thanks area for support

Published 2:44 pm Monday, December 14, 2009

Staff Sargeant Adam Palmer recently visited area residents to show his appreciation for their support during the months he was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

He was sent to Walter Reed after being hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Palmer, a 2005 Landrum High School graduate, visited White Oak Manor Tryon to thank the staff for its support.

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He made a special visit to the rehabilitation wing at White Oak to talk with the residents about the importance of physical and occupational therapy.

Ray Foster, the former president of Tryon Federal Bank, took time out from his therapy to visit with Adam and his family, including Adams wife Eleni and their six-month-old daughter Mya.

Residents and staff at White Oak and others in the area helped raise funds to support the Palmers. The Palmers were in the area visiting Adams mother, Gail Palmer, for Thanksgiving. After returning to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for some follow-up therapy, the Palmers will return to their home at Fort Bliss in Texas.