(07/13/12) - Last month, ABC12 told you about a Michigan State Police trooper who lost his left eye when his military police unit was attacked in Afghanistan.
Friday, 36-year-old Platt Weinrick of Henderson, in Shiawassee County, shared his story of survival with us by phone from Virginia where he's recuperating.
Weinrick is upbeat and staying positive. He can't say enough about the love and support he's received after his injury.
Sergeant First Class Platt Weinrick's world changed forever on June 19.
"It was early morning, still in bed, heard an explosion, got out of my cot, grabbed my weapon and went outside to see what was going on," he said.
His military police unit in Afghanistan was under attack.
"One of my soldiers came in with an injury, I was treating him. When I was looking for additional emergency devices that we use, a grenade went off right next to me and took out my eye," Weinrick said
He is now at a rehab center in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
"When grenade went off, I felt the concussion, but didn't hear the sound. I was on the ground immediately, I couldn't see out of my left eye, having trouble breathing," Weinrick said. "Each day is a new day. I try to give each day the best I can. Some days are rougher than others with pain, so I try to monitor that."
Weinrick was serving with the Jackson based 303rd Military Police Company. The unit is there to train Afghan national police. It's a tight knit group of soldiers who were there for him when he needed their help the most.
"It's a reaffirmation that you can trust those who are with your friends, to do the right thing and those that train hard. We train hard. When it gets bad, training takes over," Weinrick said.
Weinrick is taking one day at a time along the road to recovery, and he's thankful to a lot of people. "My family and I have received all kinds of support from people we know, and don't know, from communities I have lived in and served. It's been amazing."
Platt hopes to come home to Mid-Michigan some time in late August.
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