As a student at Hagerstown High School, he didn't really
understand how great his community was - or much about its health care - but he
would soon find out.
After graduating, Tim Wysong decided he wanted to make a
difference. For him, that meant serving his
country in the Army. After basic
training, Tim packed his bags and headed overseas for his first appointment in
the troubled country of Afghanistan.
Though Tim was pleased to be in the Army, he found himself
in dangerous situations, and within two months of his arrival, his convoy was
attacked. A rocket-propelled grenade hit
his leg. The door of his vehicle was
blown off its hinges. While he was in
severe pain and distress, he managed to hold the door up blocking further fire
and saving lives.
"We were attacked by 10 to 15 men, but our gun trucks pushed
them back." Tim said. "When I woke up, I
was in Germany and called my mom to tell her I had lost my leg." Fortunately, Tim's leg would later be saved.
Tim's next eight months were spent in Washington D.C.
enduring several surgeries to save his leg.
Thankfully, the Veteran's Administration was able to make arrangements
for him to come home to Reid for his rehabilitation where things started to
Where he was getting a little instruction and mostly working
on my own in D.C., Reid had one therapist work with me the whole session, Tim
"They also got me into the therapy pool which has helped so
much! Now I'm walking better, walking
farther and standing longer. I made more
progress at Reid in four months than I did the entire eight months before I
The positive experience Tim had at Reid inspired him to
start classes at Ball State - to pursue a degree in physical therapy. Tim hopes his tragedy will provide a way for
him to relate to the patients.
"I don't regret my decision at all," Tim concluded. "If I could go back, I'd do it all again."
Tim was honored by the U.S. Army with a Purple Heart and the
Bronze Star with Valor for his heroism.
Where the need is
greatest. To make a secure online donation to this fund, click here.
Reid Foundation supports many needs throughout the hospital
and community. The Where the need is greatest fund allows our board of directors to
review all needs and allocate donations as appropriate.
An example might be the purchase of equipment to bring new
technology to East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio. Another supports charity care for families
and individuals in need of medical treatment without the means to pay.
Tim Wysong benefitted from Reid's rehabilitation facility
and therapy pool which provided easy access and quick recovery.
Please consider a donation to the Where the need is greatest fund and help us serve others, like Tim,
who deserve personalized, quality health care.