NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A modern-day “band of brothers,” nine soldiers and Marines who survived catastrophic injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, spent part of their Independence Day remembering the bravery of others.
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“I got shot in the neck by a sniper during an ambush,” he told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola.
Placing a flag at the 9/11 memorial site, Tomlinson came to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and first responders like Stephen Siller, who died that day.
“Just a good reminder of the patriotism that gets displayed by people in this country and guys who step up to certain challenges when they come,” he said.