Sgt. Scott Peck, 33, a 1989 Pillager High School graduate, continues to recover from the broken arm he suffered in a bomb explosion while stationed in Iraq.
Peck's sister, Sheila Atwater of Breezy Point, said she, two of her children and her parents, Garry and Janet Peck of Nisswa, visited Peck and his family two weeks ago in Fort Riley, Kan., where he is stationed with the 1st Armored Division of the 3rd Brigade of the 125th Forward Support Battalion.
Peck is believed to be the first area resident to receive the Purple Heart medal because of his combat injuries he suffered during the war in Iraq. The upper part of his left arm was broken in the explosion.
Peck had been traveling in a convoy Sept. 8 to the Baghdad airport where he was supposed to catch a plane home. His tour of duty in Iraq was supposed to have ended that day. Instead, the convoy was attacked and a homemade bomb exploded and struck the Humvee he was traveling in, breaking his arm.
Atwater said her brother started physical therapy last week and he continues to wear a removable cast while his arm heals. He is expected to be discharged in December.
"He's doing very well," said Atwater.
Peck sent along with his family a letter he wanted published in The Dispatch.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends and all supporters in the Brainerd lakes area. I appreciated the numerous concerns and prayers for myself and family. I would also like to thank Jodie Tweed and the rest of The Brainerd Daily Dispatch for the coverage on the story of my return to the U.S.A. I would also like to thank the Veterans Administration for the continuing support and assistance with myself and fellow soldiers.
"In regards to the injury I sustained, I am healing with great progress and my doctors are also pleased with my progress.
"As I have now returned, please keep the fellow soldiers that are still deployed in your thoughts and prayers.
"Thank you again,
Sgt. Scott and Carol Peck
John, Patrick and Amanda Peck
Fort Riley, Kansas."
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.