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Wounded veterans in transition meet with Oklahoma lawmakers

Soldiers from the Army's warrior transition unit at Fort Sill are invited to the state Capitol by the new House speaker.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: January 9, 2013

Hoskin, whose back and both ankles were injured in his accident, still receives medical treatment.

“The injuries have lasted a lifetime,” he said. “They're not nearly as devastating as some of these individuals have. ... I'm very fortunate that I don't have the type of injuries some of these individuals have because it affects every day of their lives. And that's what we need to remember when we're trying to address the needs the best that we can.”

Among the group

• Sgt. Freddie Williams, 27, from Gary, Ind., who suffered a lower back injury in Iraq two years ago when he fell off a vehicle after an enemy round exploded nearby, said he is taking CareerTech auto body and pharmacy courses. His enlistment is up next year.

• Staff Sgt. Julie Hopson, 43, suffered neck and back injuries from carrying heavy packs. When she leaves the Army, Hopson, from Hope, Ark., said she probably will work at a civilian post at Fort Sill.

• Sgt. Quarre Jackson, 40, from Thomasville, Ala., said he is suffering from post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury after being involved in a vehicle explosion in Afghanistan in 2009. A 17-year veteran of the Army who served four years in the Marines earlier, Jackson is expected to serve through 2015. Jackson said he would like to go to CareerTech and take air-conditioning repair courses.