WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette soldier who was injured in the Fort Hood shootinglast month is back home. 27-year-old Corporal Nathan Hewitt is onleave for the remainder of December.
"It feels a lot better than I thought it would. Get to relax fornow. Visit with family and all that good stuff," Hewitt said.
Nathan Hewitt was in a Fort Hood medical facility gettingvaccinations before deploying to Afghanistan. A man opened fire.Hewitt didn't have a weapon. He said his first reaction was to dowhat he has been trained to do.
"I took cover and tried to get whatever people would follow meout, out. Then, the first responders came. From there they carriedme to the ambulance. They wouldn't let me walk or move again,"explained Hewitt.
Because Hewitt was trying to get people to safety, he didn'trealize he had been shot in the leg.
"I got it through and through on my calf and it grazed mythigh," Hewitt said. "The only one I felt was the back of my leg.It just felt like I got hit with something hard. I didn't know whatwas going on."
Hewitt is still doing physical therapy but said he is walkingfine. He said the shock of the Fort Hood shooting has not wornoff.
"You don't expect it to happen at home. You expect it to happenoverseas, when you are actually wearing all your gear, when you areready and you can fire back. Do something to him," Hewitt said.
Even in the wake of the tragedy, for Hewitt, duty stillcalls.
"You still have a job to do. Still going to be trying to gooverseas. Make the best of it," Hewitt said.
Hewitt has served in the armed services for nine years andserved one tour in Iraq. Because of the Fort Hood shooting, Hewittsaid he wants to try and mentor fellow soldiers.
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