February 09, 2011
WASHINGTON -- Colleen Kenny Saffron of Castle Shannon married her artilleryman nearly two decades before an improvised explosive device detonated on his truck near Al Rasheed, Iraq. The May 5, 2004, blast killed two buddies next to him and carved off parts of his jaw, which doctors can't replace. The muscles in Staff Sgt. Terry Saffron's arm unrolled like bark on a tree -- surgeons pared four inches of bone from it -- and he can't always remember where he is when he's left alone in the soup aisle of a grocery store. The Department of Veterans Affairs rated the former Ambridge man 100 percent permanently disabled. He retired honorably from the Army in October.
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