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Wounded Livermore soldier back in U.S.

Severely injured by improvised bomb in Afghanistan

A Livermore Marine is back in the U.S. after being severely wounded while in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jason Ross was on patrol when an I.E.D. (Improvised Explosive Device) went off. His left leg was amputated from below the knee and his right leg from above the knee, and he also sustained internal injuries.

Jason's father, George Ross, has been chronicling his son's day-by-day progress in a blog.

In the first entry, Ross said Jason "was taken to an in-country medical center where they stabilized him enough that they could medevac him to Germany so he could receive additional treatment. Once he was in Germany they took him in for further surgery and it was a little scary again, as Bridgette, his wife, Linda and I were asked to fly to be with him."

Before the family could get to Germany, however, they received word that Jason had been stabilized enough to be transported to Bethesda, Md., where he remains.

As of Tuesday, "Jason was a bit more alert, and this was both good and bad, though I guess the reason it was 'bad' was an inevitability. The good was because we were able to communicate better with him, and the bad was that it seemed like Jason was beginning to recognize that he was seriously injured and that he wasn't physically the same," according to Ross' blog.

He also noted that Jason's vision seemed better and he could focus on who was talking to him. Ross also thanked everyone for their "prayers and good thoughts."

Jason was set for another surgery Wednesday.

"We were spoken to by five sets/teams of surgeons, all of them wanting to be sure that we fully understood what they were going to be doing. By the time we were done talking to them all I felt like I had a pretty good idea of exactly what was going to be happening," Ross' blog said.

The day-to-day chronicle can be seen at http://sgtjasonross.blogspot.com.

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Mar 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

Nice summary of the Sergeant Jason Ross story. What is totally unknown to the local public is the outstanding support that this Marine and his family have received from the first hours of notice of his terrible wounds--groups like the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group, Livermore Military Families Support Group, Blue Star Moms, Danville groups, the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore and then all the thoughts and prayers that have constantly continued to support Sergeant Ross's medical recovery process. Also to be commended is the United States Marine Corps and their total effort to help the Ross family through all the grief and sadness that they are dealing with thoughout this entire process. Also the maximum effort by the field hospital medical personnel in Afghanistan at first and then the U.S. Air Force flight and medical personnel who medically evacuated Sergeant Ross to Landsthul Medical Center in Germany and eventually on to Bethesda Naval Medical faciliyt in suburban Washington, D. C. It is so great to see all involved in this effort to make it a "Maximum Effort" for sure--God Bless Sergeant Jason Ross and his famiily and to those who have jumped in there without hesitation to help.


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Posted by Anderson Family 13
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

Hey all you Livermore residents...It does not matter which side of the fence you are on...we owe this marine (and all our service men and women) more than we can ever imagine...see to it that he and his family are taken care of...We can all pitch in to do the little (or big) things to help...never forget their sacrafice made for our sake.


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Posted by Marine family
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 17, 2011 at 11:59 am

My prayers go out to Sgt. Ross and his family. Thank you to all involved in his care and support of his family. God bless Sgt. Ross, as well as the armed forces and public service members for the sacrifices they make.


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Posted by Capilla Family
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Sgt. Ross- You are truly a hero. My God bless you and watch over you.


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Posted by optimistic mom
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Seargent Ross, you honor us all with your service to this great country.

Best wishes for your recovery.


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Posted by Snapshot
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

Our daily prayers are for Jason and the Ross family. As a mother of a US Marine, I understand what sacrifices these families give so that our country stays safe and strong. We are committed to assisting the Ross family in what ever capacity is needed.

Sgt Ross, you are one of America's heroes. We will always stand by you.


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Posted by Waters family
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Our prayers are with Sgt. Jason Ross and his wife and the Ross family.


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Posted by Dale
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Consider contacting the Livermore Team of sentinelsoffreedom.org


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