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Adel man shot at Fort Hood visits his hometown

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

ADEL, GA (WALB) –A soldier from Adel who was seriously wounded in that mass shooting at Ft. Hood last month is back in his hometown now.

Staff Sergeant Paul Martin is visiting family and friends.

We've kept up with his progress and talked to him over the phone a couple of times. But today, WALB News 10's Jade Bulecza met an upbeat Sgt. Martin in person.

If you meet Staff Sergeant Paul Martin, you would never know he was shot four times at Fort Hood. His wife Velda recalls her first visit to the hospital after that terrible mass shooting.

 "When I got there he was laughing having fun like nothing was wrong," said Velda Martin.

Martin stopped by his bank on Monday and got warm wishes from the tellers. He says everyone in this town takes care of him including the hotel he stays at when he visits.

 "One day I came here to eat breakfast and they said we got your tab already," said Martin.

Martin leaves Adel Wednesday. During his week here, he's had a chance to visit with family, friends, and the community. People here consider Paul a hero and he's also known for his friendly personality.

When he leaves Adel, he and Velda will visit their three sons in South Carolina, New Jersey and Virgina. He's not sure exactly where he'll be Christmas Day. He's just thankful to be alive.

He showed us where he was shot.

"I got shot through this arm," said Martin. "The bullet went this arm right here. I got numbness in these three fingers."

He hasn't been able to give tight hugs to his family and friends because he's still very sore.

"I got shot in this arm," said Martin. "I got shot right here and I got shot in the middle part of my back right here."

That bullet was found on the other side of his back and had to be taken out which delayed his visit to over Thanksgiving.

While in the hospital, he had lots of visitors who gave him coins including President Obama, Former President Bush, the Secretary of Defense, and several army generals. 

Martin says he loves the military and plans to stay in for two more years. After that, he'll retire.

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