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Aug 9, 2012 11:09 AM by Angela Douglas - Q2 News

Injured MT soldier back on U.S. soil

LAME DEER - A U.S. Army soldier from Lame Deer, injured last week in Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device, is back on American soil.

Private First Class Josh Peppers, 27, arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland on Tuesday.

According to his mother Rae, Peppers is in good spirits despite losing his right foot in the blast.

Soon after hearing the news that her son was injured overseas, Rae was evacuated from her Lame Deer home when the Rosebud Complex Fire threatened the town.

"We were only evacuated one night, but the fires continue to burn above our house," Rae explained. "It's been very stressful."

Peppers was injured on August 1, Rae received the news on August 2 and the next day she was evacuated from her home, along with Pepper's 6-year-old daughter, who Rae cares for while her son is overseas.

Now, one week later, Rae will be flying to Maryland on Thursday to see her son.

"Really, I don't know what to expect," she said. "I just want to see my son, I want to see his face."

Peppers had been serving in Afghanistan for the past eight months. He was scheduled to return home in just three weeks.

This was his first deployment.

He received the Purple Heart Medal while he was recovering in Germany.

If you would like to help Peppers and his family, a benefit fund has been set up at First Interstate Bank under: Specialist Josh Peppers Benefit Fund.

It's unknown when Peppers will return to Montana.

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