MEDFORD, Ore. — A Southern Oregon soldier who is recovering from extensive injuries he received while fighting on the front-lines in Afghanistan, returned home for Christmas.
Clark was stationed in a district in Kandhar Province in Afghanistan. It’s where the Taliban originated from. Clark’s job was to sweep for bombs. One day, he was called to help another team.
As he made his way through a field and a mud wall, he stepped onto an IED. The explosion took part of his leg and hand. Despite his injuries, Clark said he would go back in a heartbeat.
“Army, much as I hate it, and it doesn’t make sense at times, and can’t figure anything out, Afghanistan was probably the most fun I’ve had in my life. And oh well, I lost part of my leg and part of my hand. It happens,” said Eric Clark.
“I got him home, that’s what matters. I think one of the two worst calls you could get as a parent is, ‘I’m sorry, you’ve lost your son or daughter’ and ‘your son and daughter is critically injured’. I got the better of the two,” said Eric’s father, Brian Clark.
Community members hosted a ceremony for Clark at the Klamath Union High School Gym earlier Thursday afternoon. Clark plans to be in town for about a month. Then he’ll head back to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to continue his therapy.