Maryville soldier receives hero's welcome

Maryville soldier receives hero's welcome

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Master Sgt. Michael Trost was injured in February during an attack by insurgents in Afghanistan. Master Sgt. Michael Trost was injured in February during an attack by insurgents in Afghanistan.
Trost was awarded the Purple Heart by President Obama in March. Trost was awarded the Purple Heart by President Obama in March.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - After several months of recovery, an injured Maryville soldier made his way back home Thursday.

Master Sgt. Michael Trost was injured in February during an attack by insurgents in Afghanistan while he was training Afghan police. He was shot in the hip, hand and right leg.

Master Sgt. Trost was awarded the Purple Heart by President Obama in March.

He spent several months recovering at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland. While there, he had several surgeries and underwent months of physical therapy.

On Thursday, Patriot Guard Riders and comrades from his unit gathered at the Tennessee Welcome Center on I-81 in Jefferson County as part of a welcome home ceremony. Several county sheriffs' units escorted him back to Maryville.

"As soon as we heard we were able to leave, we took off," said Sgt. Trost, explaining the hurry he was in to get back home. Trost talked about spending the last several months in the hospital alongside other wounded veterans.

"I'm lucky I have all my arms and legs. That's nothing compared to the guys who are double amputees and triple amputees," explained Sgt. Trost.

Even after several surgeries, he said he still has a lot of healing to do. He said he is in a little pain, and he plans to use a positive mindset to help his own recovery.

"It's all in your mind. It's a mental game. If you're going to be down, if you're going to think there's no hope, you won't heal fast," he said.

He said the whole experience has taught him a lot.

"Be thankful for what you have. I think that's the message I've gotten from all of this," Sgt. Trost said.

But for now, he's most thankful for the things best enjoyed at home.

"I just want to get up in the morning and have a coffee and walk around," he said, looking forward to the final part of the drive to his house.

6 News Reporter Stephanie Beecken contributed to this story.

 

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