Wounded Warrior Speaks to Chicagoland Citizens

By MSG Sheldrick McNeal, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs MidwestMarch 16, 2009

Spc. Steven Baskis, an infantryman assigned to Bravo Company, a Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Knox, Ky., spoke to more than 35 members of the Grace Episcopal Church at a breakfast in Hindale, Ill., Saturday, March 14 about his service in Baghdad, Iraq.
The 23-year-old from Rantoul, Ill., who served on the personal security detachment for Brig. Gen. Mike Milano, deputy commanding general, Multi-National Division Baghdad, lost his sight while conducting combat operations when an electronically formed projectile exploded near his vehicle in May 2008. He told the audience "the only thing that I miss [about seeing] is facial expressions." An admitted world traveler, Baskis said despite being a young man, he has seen a lot in 23 years and doesn't regret or feel disappointed about losing his vision because there are other wounded Warriors who have lost more than him.
After the attack, Baskis was treated at a military treatment facility in Iraq for shrapnel wounds to his eyes, upper and lower extremities; head and neck and later medically evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is undergoing rehabilitation at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago.
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Steven Baskis, an infantryman assigned to Bravo Company, a Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Knox, Ky., spoke to more than 35 members of the Grace Episcopal Church at a breakfast in Hindale, Ill., Saturday, March 14 about his service in Baghdad, Iraq. The 23-year-old from Rantoul, Ill., who served on the personal security detachment for Brig. Gen. Mike Milano, deputy commanding general, Multi-National Division Baghdad, lost his sight while conducting combat operations when an electronically formed projectile exploded near his vehicle in May 2008. He told the audience "the only thing that I miss [about seeing] is facial expressions." An admitted world traveler, Baskis said despite being a young man, he has seen a lot in 23 years and doesn't regret or feel disappointed about losing his vision because there are other wounded Warriors who have lost more than him. After the attack, Baskis was treated at a military treatment facility in Iraq for shrapnel wounds to his eyes, upper and lower extremities; head and neck and later medically evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is undergoing rehabilitation at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago. (Photo Credit: MSG Sheldrick McNeal, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Steven Baskis, an infantryman who served with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq, speaks during a breakfast at Grace Episcopal Church Saturday, March 14 as Torrey Foster and his son, Torrey Jr. look on.
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Spc. Steven Baskis, an infantryman who served in Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division, speaks during a breakfast at Grace Episcopal Church Saturday, March 14.
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Spc. Steven Baskis, who received shrapnel wounds during an explosive attack in Iraq, shakes hands and shares a laugh with Ellen Begole, a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Hindale, Ill. Saturday, March 14 after his presentation.
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