Claiborne County soldier hurt in Afghanistan

Claiborne County soldier hurt in Afghanistan

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U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Charles Necessary (Source: Family) U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Charles Necessary (Source: Family)
"He's a really strong person," said Necessary's sister-in-law Rayleana Schenkenfelder. "He's been progressing very well. The nurses say he has only progressed. There's been no back steps." "He's a really strong person," said Necessary's sister-in-law Rayleana Schenkenfelder. "He's been progressing very well. The nurses say he has only progressed. There's been no back steps."
Necessary and his young daughters. (Source: Family) Necessary and his young daughters. (Source: Family)

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

CUMBERLAND GAP (WATE) - A Claiborne County soldier was injured recently while serving in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Charles Necessary, of Speedwell, was hurt Tuesday after the vehicle he was riding in ran over an IED.

He is now recovering at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

"He has a lot of internal injures and they've done a lot of surgeries to stop the internal bleeding," said Necessary's sister-in-law Rayleana Schenkenfelder. "All the internal bleeding has been stopped. His pelvis was broken in a few different places, so it's been stabilized right now."

Schenkenfelder says her brother-in-law joined the military in 2008 and was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when he was injured by an IED.

"Charles has a lot of people pulling for him," said Schenkenfelder.

Necessary is now in critical condition. His wife and three young daughters, ages six, three, and one, are now at Walter Reed with him.

Charles graduated from Cumberland Gap High School in 2006.

"Just a leader among his class," said CGHS Assistant Principal David Hamilton. "Very outgoing, witty, very funny, very strong willed. I know he will be able to get through this."

"Thank him for everything he's done and hope he gets well," said classmate Chad Hall. "I do hope he comes back to Cumberland Gap so I can talk to him and have a moment with him, and thank him for everything he has done for the county, and me, and my family."

Necessary's family is unsure how long he will be in the hospital. They are just asking for everyone's prayers until he recovers.

"He's a really strong person," said Schenkenfelder. "He's been progressing very well. The nurses say he has only progressed. There's been no back steps."

Schenkenfelder says he is expected to make a full recovery.

Necessary and his family are currently stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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