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North Jersey Marine Hurt in Afghanistan Receives Purple Heart

Sgt. Aaron Alonso, 25, continues recovery after losing both his legs in an explosion last month.

Sgt. Aaron Alonso (Photo: GiveForward.com)
Sgt. Aaron Alonso (Photo: GiveForward.com)
A U.S. Marine from Lake Hopatcong who lost his legs in Afghanistan last month has been awarded the Purple Heart.

Sgt. Aaron Alonso, 25, continues to recover at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Alonso had both of his legs amputated after an improvised explosive device blew up in February while he was on patrol in Nad Ali, Afghanistan.

More than $90,000 has been raised to help pay for Alonso's medical care through a GiveForward page where family members also post updates on his condition.

The Aaron Alonso Committee will meet at the Jefferson Township Municipal Building in Council Chambers on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss fundraising efforts.

To join the committee, contact Joanne Meyer at 973-208-6102 or Jack Kelly at 973-697-5957.
Anonomous March 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Why is there a need to raise money for Medical care? Can't our Gov't take care of that? Give this Hero the $90,000 to do whatever he wants with it. Is this article correct? Whose charging for medical bills? He is a United States Soldier!!!
Enough already!! March 17, 2014 at 02:53 PM
My father was in ww2 and in the korean war,, it took forever for him to get the metals he earned in combat from the us government,, before he passed away 9 years ago he told me,, " i feel sorry for these soldiers when they come home because this government will not give them what THEY deserve" rest in peace dad, and you were 100% correct!
Macko D March 17, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Anonomous: I agree that our military personnel who made such a great sacrifice should NEVER need to raise money for medical care related to injuries such as these. However, I also feel that we can't blame medical professionals who earn their living by providing care. There should be some sort of insurance / benefits package that works for both the soldier and the providers. Maybe coverage that mirrors what our Senators and House members receive...

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