Local vet aiding injured girl from Afghanistan

May 14, 2011 8:55:53 PM PDT
Marine Sgt. Matthew Zeimys arrived back home from Afghanistan Saturday night.

"It's the most awesome feeling just to be able to come home and see the family at the airport waiting and what everyone does for veterans nowadays. So it's awesome, I love it," Zeimys said.

Zeimys's family was at Midway Airport to greet him. The Bridgeport native also served two tours in Iraq, and received the Purple Heart along with many other medals.

Earlier this year, while his company was clearing improvised explosive devices, a 10-year-old girl was injured and she lost an eye. Zeimys won the confidence of the girl and her family.

Doctors at the University of California at San Diego said they'd provide medical care and a prosthetic eye to the girl for free. Zeimys's father set up a fund to help pay for transportation and lodging.

Now, they're working on getting diplomatic clearance for the girl and her father.

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