The Weaver Mile: A wounded warrior honored in Conway | News
CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- For weeks, Holly Perkins has been planning a day to celebrate her brother.
"He's just like the all American hero, all the missions we went on and all the people he saved," says Perkins.
A celebration he knew nothing about until today. Scott Weaver, a Navy seal, deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year but just four months into his deployment, he was struck by an IED.
"Fragments from the truck tore his left calf off knocking him unconscious and throwing him over the IED he had just found," said Perkins.
After nine surgeries and several months of rehab, Weaver is recovering.
"We are dedicating a mile of the Tucker Creek walking trail to my brother Scott Weaver. We're also having a gym built, a cross-fit gym built that will have his workout of the day and this all is going to be dedicated to Scott," says Perkins.
"I'm speechless," said Weaver. "I love my job, that's all I can say. I love Conway, I love this country so that's why I do what I do."
A celebration for a hometown hero still looking out for his brothers in arms.
"Keep all the boys that are still over there, overseas fighting, keep them in your prayers because it works," says Weaver.
Weaver says his military career is far from over. He is currently undergoing physical therapy and hopes to return to his unit by December as Navy EOD tech. He was awarded the Purple Heart when he returned home from Afghanistan. He says he's spending the weekend at home in Conway visiting friends for the first time since he was wounded and will return Monday to Virginia Beach where he is currently stationed.
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