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Rock Hill Marine injured in Afghanistan

By Chandler West

cwest@heraldonline.com

A Rock Hill Marine was recovering Wednesday from a head injury he suffered during a bomb blast last weekend while serving in Afghanistan.

Late Sunday, Lance Cpl. Jared Hunter, 20, “sustained concussive symptoms with loss of consciousness” during an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast by enemy forces, according to a report his parents received from the U.S. Marine Corps.

Hunter, who was within 30 feet of the explosion, was evaluated and sent to a medical facility for treatment and further evaluation.

Doctors recommended that Hunter be transferred to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany “for a higher echelon of treatment and care,” the report states.

Hunter’s mother, Bonnie, said she spoke with her son on Facebook and Facetime after his injury. Jared Hunter had been released from the hospital in Afghanistant and was with his unit, resting while he waited for his flight to Germany

Bonnie Hunter said her son’s primary concern was “being able to finish his objectives over there.”

“I know I should see that as a good sign, but I just want him back,” she said.

Jared Hunter is a graduate of South Pointe High School. He joined the Marines two years ago at age 18, the August after he graduated.

His father, Stephen, said his son “wanted to be a Marine from the time he was a freshman in high school. He talked about it every year since.”

“He loves it,” Stephen Hunter said.

Jared is “definitely not a couch potato,” his dad said. “He wants to get out of bed and go.

“He wants to be out there right now, but there’s no way they’re going to let him.”

Doctors who treat traumatic brain injury must be very careful to make sure a patient is 100 percent ready to return to work, Stephen Hunter said.

“If he could suit up, he’d be out the door,” Stephen Hunter said. “His men need him, and he needs his men. What they have truly is a brotherhood.”

The support Jared Hunter finds in his fellow Marines, his parents have found in friends and family.

“I want to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers and well-wishes expressed for Jared by calls, texts, emails and Facebook posts,” Bonnie Hunter said. “They have lifted us up, and we feel truly blessed to have such a supportive group of friends and family.”

Chandler West •  803-329-4033
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