Injured Army sergeant will come home this week

What's the latest on Army Sgt. Tom Rollason from Medford, who was wounded in Afghanistan last fall? The last I read he was in a VA rehabilitation hospital in Florida. But that was a couple of months ago. I was wondering how he is doing.

— J.S., Medford

Your question is very well timed, J.S.

We are happy to report that the sergeant is receiving a convalescent leave from the Army and is expected to return home to Medford on Thursday, April 1, according to Johnny Cordero, his brother-in-law.

Although the exact time and other details aren't yet known, Cordero, pastor of Lamb's Home Fellowship church in Medford and brother of Rollason's wife, Sandee, indicated in an e-mail that a huge reception was being planned for the sergeant's arrival at the Medford airport.

There also is an effort to have the sergeant ride on a float in the annual Pear Blossom Parade on Saturday, April 10, Cordero said.

After being at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Rollason, 43, went to the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, where he has been undergoing physical rehabilitation. His wife has been with him in Florida.

A member of the 569th Combat Engineers/4th Engineer Division, Rollason was deployed to Afghanistan in February of 2009 from Iraq, where he had just started his second tour. The sergeant suffered multiple internal injuries, including a spinal injury, in a roadside bomb explosion Sept. 20, 2009, near Kandahar.

Known as "Rolly" by his friends, Rollason worked at Biomass One in White City for several years. He launched his military career as a Navy diver and underwater welder. He later joined the Naval Reserve and became a steelworker in the Seabees.

He served in Iraq in 2006-07 with the Navy Seabees' Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 18. Following his hitch in the Naval Reserve, he immediately joined the regular Army.

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