A Barren County Father Accepts Son's Purple Heart

By Kayla Vanover | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- A father of a soldier injured in Afghanistan receives his son's Purple Heart. After submitting paper work four different times, requesting his son be honored with a purple heart, Freddie Wilkerson accepted it on behalf of his son today.

In 2008, Justin Wilkerson was driving in Afghanistan, when a rocket propelled grenade hit the side of the vehicle. The soldier suffered with a traumatic brain injury. Wilkerson chose to continue serving his country after the accident, but died in 2009.

"I'm thankful that we were surrounded by friends who continue to pray for us and uplift us, because it has been a long, hard road. This is a battle inside of a war that, you know, obviously it is a victory. We finally got them to recognize his injuries were real," said Freddie Wilkerson, father of Justin Wilkerson.

The ceremony took place at Barren County High School.

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