Latest Vail Veterans Program group includes the last war amputee from Afghanistan

By Randy Wyrick

VAIL — Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson was supposed to turn in his ammo, and, after five tours of duty in Afghanistan, pack his gear and leave forever.Instead, on the last patrol he said he became the last man down — the war’s last amputee.His last patrol, his fifth and final tour of duty in Afghanistan.The war is supposed to be ending, but the carnage hasn’t stopped.No one patrols there any longer, and personnel rarely venture outside the wire, Dodson said.Alive DayDodson’s Alive Day — the day he was hit and didn’t die, was Aug. 9, just seven months ago.“If …

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