It was a full house at Ss. Andrew-Thomas School in Potosi on Sunday morning. Community members came together to support Sgt. Adam Alexander at a benefit breakfast. Alexander, a Potosi native, was serving with the 432nd Cival Affairs Battalion of the Army Reserves in Afghanistan in November when he was seriously injured. As previously reported, Alexander was struck with small arms fire to the left side of his head during a firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan near the Pakistani border.
In an interview with The Platteville Journal on Tuesday, Steve Alexander, Adam's father and Potosi police chief, noted his son is making improvement each day. Adam is currently going through five to six hours of extensive rehabilitation at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. The rehabilitation includes exercises, walking, weight lifting and many brain stimulation exercises. "He is doing really well," said Steve, noting his son has regained most of his long-term memory, but still struggles somewhat with his short-term memory. He can walk and talk; however, his muscle control is not yet 100 percent.
"Every day is a step ahead," said Steve.
Steve explained, at this point, the timeline calls for a titanium plate to be placed in Adam's skull in April. In addition, he needs surgery on his right eye. The surgeries will be performed at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. in April. He will remain there for two to three weeks before returning to Minneapolis for additional rehabilitation.
It is not clear at this point when Adam might leave Minneapolis. He and his family are taking it one day at a time.
Adam's mother, Mary Kay is staying with her son and Steve said he gets to the hospital as often as possible.
Steve noted the outpouring of support from the community, including the large crowd at Sunday's benefit has been unbelievable.
Alexander has been in the Army Reserves for three years. He graduated from UW-Platteville, where he studied law enforcement.