Wounded Marine Receives More Honors

By Max Resnik

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 5:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Lance Corporal Brandon Long, a local Marine who suffered a double amputation after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan, was honored by Allen County Council and Allen County Commissioners today as they proclaimed June 16, 2011 Brandon Long Day.

The honor was presented this morning at Citizens Square. Long, with his family by his side, accepted this honor. It is the second day dedicated to Long. June 4, the day he returned to Fort Wayne after rehab in Washington D.C., was also proclaimed Brandon Long Day.

Like his first honor, Long said today was not just about him but also about all military servicemen and women.

“I think having two days after me is pretty cool, but I don’t want it to just be after me. I want them to think about all the military men who served, fought, died and were wounded as well. So, I don’t want it to be strictly dedicated to me. But I like it. I like it a lot.”

Long has said that he wants to be the first double amputee to go back overseas to serve his country.

“I mean all I can do is hope. You know if I get denied I get denied, but all I can do is hope. That would be huge--a double amputee marine to go back overseas. That'd be huge.”

Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters (R) says it is an honor to meet and speak with Long and to make today Brandon Long Day.

“I think it means a lot to give us the ability to recognize somebody who sacrificed so much for this community, for our nation.”

Long will also be presented with a $500 check from the Fort Miami Unit Marine Corps. League Auxiliary at his home in Leo today for his service overseas.

These honors for Brandon are bestowed as politicians in Washington D.C. debate how much longer an American presence is needed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. President Obama has called for July to be the first wave of drawbacks from Afghanistan. In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, the debate is intensified on both sides of the aisle.

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