It was the news many American families with loved ones in the military dreaded to hear.
When Michael Garvey, son of Peter and Laurie Garvey of Cape St. Claire, told his parents of his decision to join the military after the 9/11 attacks, they knew their lives would change forever.
Six years ago, Michael had decided to join the U.S. Marine Corps. His first tour of duty was in Iraq in 2009. He returned home and then was sent to Afghanistan.
Just last month, the family received word that Michael had been seriously injured, wounded four times in an ambush near Marja. He was transported to Bagram for surgery, then on to Germany, and later Bethesda Naval Hospital where he is recouperating.
Just last week, Michael was awarded the Purple Heart for his actions by Gen. James Amos, 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps as his proud parents and siblings Joshua, Allison, Elizabeth and Kathryn looked on.
This article was created as part of a larger project in coordination with Action America to document how the country has been affected by 9/11. See how you can become an Actionist and turn the events of 9/11 into positive action at www.ActionAmerica.com and look for more local coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Patch.