MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kyle Anderson, a Marine who was injured in Iraq in 2004, received a $10,000 grant from a citizens group designed to show appreciation for military members and their families.
Anderson, a former state high school wrestling champion, was injured in October 2004 while on duty in Iraq. Shrapnel from an explosive device penetrated his helmet, crushing the back of his skull and injuring the left side of his brain.
Now, the 20-year-old lives with his father, Tim, and his older brother, Matt, in a one-bedroom apartment in South St. Paul. Kyle Anderson has full use of his left arm and can make facial expressions. He can't speak, but expresses his thoughts by drawing and can write a few words. A normal 20-minute communication can take an hour or more, Tim Anderson said.