Author, war vet looks to reach out to other military members through books

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 7:49 PM

(WHAS11) -- A soldier who survived devastating injuries while serving in Iraq is in Kentuckiana Tuesday to share his story. Master Sergeant Gordon Ewell is signing books at the American Legion Post 180 on Shelbyville Road until at least 6 p.m. Tuesday.

In 2005, Ewell was serving in Iraq, working to disarm IED's. Six times a vehicle he was in was blown up, but the final time caused the most damage. Ewell suffers from neurological damage and brain trauma along with being legally blind and deaf. He also suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, something that compelled him to write three books. He says he wants to reach out to other military members who are experiencing similar trauma so they’ll know they are not alone. Ewell uses the money he raises for other wounded troops and the Wounded Warrior Project. He's currently working on his fourth book.

All donations and sponsorships for book sales are greatly appreciated.

Ewell was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Combat Action badge.

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