I found out today that my cousin* was injured in Iraq recently. Last I knew he was part of the crew that was running patrols in Fallujah. The humvee he was riding in was hit by an explosive – unsure whether it was an IED or RPG – throwing him and the other three soldiers out of the vehicle. The other three soldiers had broken bones, while my cousin was hit by some shrapnel. He will be coming home at the end of the month.
I only know what has filtered down through the family, so details probably aren’t exact. I can only assume his injuries weren’t critical because of how long it took to get to me. Someone told my grandma, and she told my mom, and she told my sister, and she told me. I have seen my mom all day today so there was plenty of opportunities to tell me earlier.
*Techincally he is my mom’s cousin, but I’m a year or two older than he is so he’s been more like a cousin than a second cousin.