Smiles, handshakes and hugs were abundant during Army Sergeant Matthew Krumwiede’s homecoming in Pocatello, Sunday.
Sergeant Krumwiede touched down in Pocatello after being away for two years. He has been in San Antonio enduring extensive rehab treatment after being injured by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan two years ago.
The explosion resulted in the loss of both of Krumwiede’s legs and 2 fingers; it also fractured his pelvis and arm and left him with extensive internal injuries.
But after being away for so long, Krumwiede says he’s just happy to be back home.
“i didn’t expect all this. It just feels amazing to be back in Idaho right now,” he says.
Krumwiede was welcomed home by friends, family members and Pocatello’s POW-MIA chapter. They hosted a free barbeque in his honor, but donations were accepted to cover the cost of preparing Krumwiede’s house for his return.
He says he’s learned a lot from his experience.
“I can take a lot more than what I thought, obviously,” Krumwiede says. “I have a lot of friends who support me and so I’ve just got to keep on going, smile and laugh about stuff.
Though he’s gone through more than most of us can imagine, he says he wouldn’t go back and change his choice to serve.
“Oh, definitely I’d go back. I’d go back to Afghanistan right now,” Krumwiede says.
“It’s unreal; I don’t know how to express it. I see him get off the plane today with the same determination he got on it over two years ago,” Dennis Krumwiede, Matthew’s father, says.
If you would like to make a donation toward renovations that need to be made to the family home for when Krumwiede is discharged from the military, please contact Melissa Hartman, Bannock County Veterans Service Coordinator at 208-282-4245.