U.S. Army Veteran Thriving after Life-Threatening Injuries

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Twenty-four hours from death -- that was the diagnosis for U.S. Army Cpl. Adam Greathouse after chemical exposure in Kosovo in 2001.

The Spencer, W.Va., native has come full circle. He was one of nearly 400 ill and injured veterans and active-duty service members in Snowmass, Colo., last week for the annual national Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

After barely surviving his injury, Greathouse lost a lung, couldn't speak and couldn't walk for years. He credits the staff at the VA Medical Center in Huntington with his dramatic comeback story.

"No one wants to be disabled. so I don't look at it like that," Greathouse said. "Just whatever obstacle is in my way, I can hurdle it. They said I was going to snowboard, and I was like, 'Alright, let's do this.' "

The flag sent to cover Greathouse's coffin now hangs in his weight room to serve as his inspiration.

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