Visiting Madill soldier on medical leave

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

MADILL, Okla. -- Madill native and Army Captain Beau Hendricks said he's glad to be back home, even if it is just for a little while, and despite all the negativity surrounding the war in Iraq, he believes our soldiers are making a difference.

"This is the bag of stuff I had on me when I was hit," he said as he was looking through his things.

Hendricks said it seems like it was only a few days ago, when he had a near-death experience in Iraq during a supply mission June 9.

"When the rocket impacted, it felt like you got hit by 12 sledgehammers at once," he said. "Immediately, I could see the disfigurement on my right leg and my right arm as well as my face felt numb."

Hendricks is home on medical leave. He still has some lingering effects from his severe shrapnel wounds, but his recovery is going well. His wife Elizabeth said it was just as painful for her, as she had to wait a while before she heard from Beau.

"It was almost grueling because I knew I had to wait probably another week before I'd be able to see him or know full extent of his injuries," she said.

Despite what Beau has gone through, he said he has first hand experience that progress is being made in Iraq.

"When you're on the ground everyday you see good," he said. "You're doing the schools; you're building the stability and peace your bringing to certain regions."

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  • by Beau Hendricks Location: Leavenworth Kansas on Nov 5, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    Thanks to Teddy for the opportunity to share a difficult time in my life with the local community. I'm doing well and currently attending the Army's School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS)at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. The School of Advanced Military Studies recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary - 'Celebrating a Quarter Century of Excellence in Education' - May 20-21, 2009 What is it? School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) educates the future leaders of our Armed Forces, our Allies, and the Interagency at the graduate level to be agile and adaptive leaders who think critically at the strategic and operational levels to solve complex ambiguous problems. The school consists of two programs: the Advanced Military Studies Program, a second year of intermediate, master's-level education and the Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship, a Senior Service College Fellowship. SAMS is a part of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Beau
  • by Christi & Darsha Location: Madill on Sep 17, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    We grew up with Beau here in Madill and we are all very proud of him as we are of all who serve our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. We love ya!
  • by Woody Location: Gainesville on Sep 17, 2007 at 07:39 AM
    The reporter made a typographical error: I could see the disfigurment on my left right leg ---????
  • by Charlie Location: Illinois on Sep 17, 2007 at 06:30 AM
    Im glad he is alright, and home safe with his family. We all are very proud of our soldiers.
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