A 1998 Barrington High School graduate and US Army Sergeant who was recently wounded in Afghanistan is returning to Barrington today and we’re all invited to help celebrate his surprise homecoming. Sergeant Nick Bender was injured on the morning of April 15th. He has been recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Sgt. Bender was wounded when he was returning to his Forward Operating Base with his platoon after a patrol. When he entered a small village near Sardar Kala, Afghanistan, his platoon was ambushed with intense small arms and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fire by Taliban insurgents. Sgt. Bender was returning fire when he was hit by shrapnel resulting in head and neck wounds and a broken jaw.
Sgt. Bender was evacuated to Baghram, Afghanistan and later Medevaced to Walter Reed. Doctors say his recovery prognosis is good and he is scheduled to arrive in Barrington this afternoon.
Sergeant Bender will be escorted by over 100 Rolling Thunder motorcycles this afternoon from O’Hare airport to Wool Street Grill and Sports Bar in Barrington. Rolling Thunder is a POW/MIA organization that Sergeant Bender belongs to.
Flags, balloons and a whole lot of people will be waiting at Wool Street Grill and Sports Bar at 128 Wool Street when Sergeant Bender returns to Barrington between 4 and 4:30 this afternoon. They recommend that we start arriving at 3:30 to ensure that everyone’s there for Sergeant Bender’s arrival. The We Do Care organization, a group that finds ways to thank military personnel and their families, has invited all of us to also be there to welcome this wounded warrior home.