Retired Gen. Frederick Franks visits WTB's Purple Heart Company
Retired Gen. Frederick Franks Jr. receives an update on Wounded Warrior care from (far right) Capt. Derrick Lyons, commanding officer, Co. A, 1st Bn., Warrior Transition Brigade, Fort Hood. Col. William Salter, WTB commanding officer is on the left . During Franks' visit to Fort Hood June 25, he met with Purple Heart Soldiers from WTB Alpha Company and encouraged them to never give up and remain strong during their recovery. The retired general and Vietnam War veteran was severely injured while fighting in Cambodia and had to have his left leg amputated. At the time, Franks told the WTB Soldiers, the Army wouldn't allow amputees to stay in a combat unit, but through perseverance, determination and hard work, the Army allowed him to remain in combat arms. Franks went on to command VII Corps during the first Gulf War. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with V Device, the Air Medal, and two Purple Hearts. Today, he is working with the Army to conduct an external review of the MEB process. Franks also serves as the chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission. (WTB photo by Gloria Montgomery)

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