Wounded Crossville Marine returns home

Wounded Crossville Marine returns home

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The whole homecoming was an effort that Sgt. Hancock said made a huge difference in the healing process. The whole homecoming was an effort that Sgt. Hancock said made a huge difference in the healing process.
"It was just overwhelming, very exciting. I'm very proud to be from Crossville," Sgt. Hancock said. "It was just overwhelming, very exciting. I'm very proud to be from Crossville," Sgt. Hancock said.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – A local Marine visited home after losing both his legs in Afghanistan. Sgt. Christopher Hancock sustained his injuries two years ago.

Because he's been moved around for treatment, he was only able to return to Crossville for a short visit on Monday. It was his first time back in his hometown since being injured.

Large crowds packed Crossville Memorial Airport as the plane touched down.

"It was just overwhelming, very exciting. I'm very proud to be from Crossville," Sgt. Hancock said.

"I've accepted that my feet are never going to grow back. The whole road to getting on prosthetics was tumultuous. I slipped from depression to anxiety to stress," he added, speaking about his treatment.

His journey along with his wife, and son with cerebral palsy, touched a lot of hearts in the community.

Several businesses made large donations to the family.

"The support from the banks and businesses was overwhelming. We put this thing together in less than a week," said Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham, about all that was donated.

The entire homecoming celebration was an effort that Sgt. Hancock said made a huge difference in the healing process.

"It's a hectic lifestyle for wounded warriors. And that's where family, friends and support systems come into play," he said.

Sgt. Hancock hopes to continue in active duty in some capacity, because he'd like to remain a Marine. However, a decision has not yet been made.

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