A Claiborne County soldier was given a hero’s welcome Sunday by his family, friends and community at the VFW in New Tazewell.
Staff Sgt. Charles Necessary, of Speedwell and a 2006 graduate of Cumberland Gap High School, was severely injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated under his vehicle in Afghanistan on May 28.
The surprise party to welcome him home wasn’t such a surprise after a police and motorcycle escort met him between his home and the VFW, but Necessary was glad to see his supporters.
He is a member of the United States Army’s 20th Engineer Brigade, 738th Engineer Support Company, based in Fort Bragg, N.C., and had been on active duty for five years at the time of the accident.
This was his second deployment to Afghanistan, according to his sister-in-law Rayleana Schenkenfelder. The military vehicle he was riding in rolled over an IED while out on route clearance.
“He is the strongest, toughest person I know,” said family friend Terri Lemarr. “I was sure he’d be in a wheelchair.”
Necessary has been in several hospitals, including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and most recently at Fort Bragg.
He was in intensive care at Walter Reed in critical condition for some time. Both of his kidneys were badly bruised, one was lacerated. Also, he has undergone surgery for a broken pelvis, where surgeons placed plates, pins and screws.
His wife Dee told WATE-TV that prayers helped pull them through. Charles and Dee are the parents of three young daughters.
“We’re blessed. He’s come a long way. He’s got a long way to go, but we’re going to make it,” she said.
After his medical leave is over, Necessary will be re-evaluated to determine his future with the military.
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