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Wounded Soldier Brandon Walden Returns for Visit

Wounded warrior Brandon Walden will be returning to his Penn Valley home tomorrow for the first time since he was gravely injured July 3rd while on patrol in Afghanistan. Walden’s mother, Laura Cummins has been with her son since he was flown to a military hospital in San Antonio Texas for treatment.  He is now well enough to make his first trip home and will be flying in to Sacramento airport tomorrow afternoon. The group  Friends of Nevada County Military invites people to join them in Welcoming Brandon home at the airport. he comes in at one o’clock on a United Airlines flight.  Then Local  resident Jay Cooper and friends decided to organize a welcome home event at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.

Click here to listen to Jay Cooper

Brandon will be led by an official escort into western gateway park for a short ceremony at the pavilion at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.
Click here to listen to Jay Cooper

The 20 year old army specialist Brandon Walden has been making progress in his recovery but still has a way to go.


Walden and his family will arrive at Sacramento Airport on United flight 1191 from Denver at 1:01PM.  He will be welcomed at the airport by Nevada County residents and members of the Patriot Guard.  Retired “US Army Piper” Steve McKinney will play his bag pipes.

Walden will then travel by car to Penn Valley, where civic leaders and the community will welcome him at Western Gateway Park with a ceremony at 2:30PM. Noted Nevada County quilter Ruby Foster will present Walden with a quilt made in his honor.  Weather permitting, members of the Patriot Guard will escort Walden and his family on the drive from the airport to Penn Valley.

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