Wounded Soldier Back in the Basin

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- A soldier wounded in Afghanistan, July 27th returned home after months of recovery at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C.

"I was just trying to do my job the best I could and I got popped and that's what happened," said Sgt. John Faulkenberry, who returned Wednesday night to bag pipes playing and hundreds from the Permian Basin Supports our Soldiers, who were waving flags in a heros welcome at Midland International Airport.

"It's pretty overwhelming, there's a lot of appreciation here and it just warms my heart," said John Faulkenberry.

Sgt. Faulkenberry graduated from Midland High in 2001 and married Sarah Tinslar in 2005.

"It's heartbreaking. We've had four friends killed, I've watched four of my friends bury their husbands. I am very blessed that mine is home," said Sarah Faulkenberry.

Sgt. Faulkenberry was shot in the same ambush that killed another man with Midland ties, Major Tommy Bostick.

"I wish it could have been me instead of him. I do," said a choked up Sgt. Faulkenberry.

The pair is looking forward after months of grief.

"He believes in what he was doing so he wants to go back, and continue on the fight for those who can't," said Sarah.

They will spend the next few weeks in the Basin. After Christmas they will head back to Washington D.C. to continue the soldier's recovery routine.

"I am working real hard to get the use of my leg back, to get back to what I was doing," said Sgt. Faulkenberry,"My bone is as fixed as it's going to be right now, I am waiting on my nerve to grow back. It's going to be a couple of years, before I know if it's growing back or not."