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Aug 7, 2012 9:37 AM by KTVQ - Dustin Klemann

Montana Marine receives hometown support

MILES CITY - While one Marine recovers from injuries sustained in Afghanistan, his hometown is rallying in support.

The 22-year-old Lance Corporal Christopher Bogner will have one heck of a homecoming when he returns to Miles City. After he was struck by an IED on July 11, the town of Miles City began their duty.

Businesses around town used their signs, normally reserved for advertising, as a way to express their support to Bogner and his family. Many read, "Our thoughts and prayers to the Bogner family." But the support didn't end just on the side of the street.

Residents took to Facebook and created a page dedicated to updates for Bogner, as well as financial and emotional support.

Murdoch's Ranch & Supply went as far as creating a care package of the "usual" items Bogner's father would purchase when he came to the store. The store's employees raised more than 500 dollars that the company will match.

Thousands have dollars continue to be donated and it seems like the support is only getting started. Tomorrow evening at 6, "Cruise for Chris" will be held for everyone and anyone wanting to show their support.

Bogner not only has a Purple Heart to his name, but the support and adoration of hundreds back home.

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An update from the Facebook page:

"UPDATE 8/5 DAY 26
Chris' surgerey went well. The surgeon stopped by a short time ago and removed the eye bandage and did a short assesment. He was able to count the docs fingers and read the name of the magizine he held up. That was awsome! It will be a couple months before we know to what extent his vision will be. We'll take that for now. His other wounds are healing daily. Thanks for your continued prayers. THE BOGNER FAMILY"

To visit the page, click here.

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