TAZEWELL (WATE) - Nearly four months ago tragedy hit a wounded Claiborne County veteran, when her family home was destroyed in a fire on Valentine's Day. We caught up with her Thursday night to find out how she's starting over.
Corporal Sue Downes lost both her legs in Afghanistan in 2006 when the humvee she was riding in was struck by an IED. Sadly, her prosthetic legs were lost in the fire months ago.
Life for Corporal Downes is slowly getting back to normal. She's been busy replacing clothes and furniture for her family since the fire on February 14th.
"That's 15 years of everything I've worked for in that house," she said.
Though one devastating loss for this wounded veteran was losing four pairs of her prosthetic legs. In fact, she only has the pair she was wearing the day of the fire.
"It's the only way I can get around," said Corporal Downes.
But that pair is becoming worn out, making it harder and harder to walk. Corporal Downes says she's been to the doctor to get replacements through the VA but says it's taking too long and she's not sure why.
"They approved me to go there, get measured again, and fitted and that was on April 24th. Ever since April 24th I've been waiting," she said.
In the meantime though, Corporal Downes is waiting on a miracle. "God will make a way. He always does," she said.
Corporal Downes is also working closely with SAH Mission out of Boston which helps build adapted homes for wounded veterans.