Massachusetts Iraqi Veteran and Artist Creates Memorial Sculpture
Iraq war veteran Staff Sergeant Bill Kleinedler is a sculptor. His newest work was dedicated over the weekend in a healing garden at a VA in Boston. Kleinedler lives and works in the western Massachusetts town of New Braintree. He suffered grave injuries in 2006 when his convoy encountered an improvised explosive device or IED--while on a medical mission in Iraq. Kleinedler was at the wheel when his humvee ran over the explosive. He remembers the day vividly and says he almost stopped trying to escape his burning vehicle. But, as he told New England Public Radio's Susan Kaplan, he heard a voice that said..."get out now."