Wounded Soldier Gets Heartwarming Gift from Middle Schoolers

NBC Bay Area

When Jeremy Voels was ordered to Afghanistan last summer, his 12-year-old stepsister cried for a couple of days, afraid something bad would happen to him.

It did. As he headed off rotation at an outpost and took off his bulletproof vest, a sniper shot Voels in the spine.

Now, paralyzed from the waist down, he's at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

But his stepsister, Taylor Voels, stopped crying and then some, even though she broke her leg working in a horse barn.

She organized a fund drive at her school in Montville, Leonard J. Tyl Middle School. In a ceremony on Tuesday at the school, she and her friends presented Voels' wife with more than $1,500 in gift cards and merchandise.

He replied in a recording from the hospital, thanking the students and hoping to visit the school and meet them some day.

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