[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/10/art.ypwr.mixon.jpg caption=”Alicia Mixson takes care of her brother Catlin Mixson, who was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq last year.”]The Mixson family has two young heroes. Catlin Mixson, 21, is one of the nation’s heroes, serving in Iraq until he was wounded. And Alicia Mixson, 26, is his hero, putting her own life on hold to take care of her brother.
Catlin was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad eight months ago. Everyone else in his Humvee died. Catlin survived, but had to have both legs amputated. Doctors wanted someone to stay at the military hospital in Texas with him. Alicia left everything she had in Florida to care for him.
They live in Army lodgings together now. She takes him to rehab, counts his pills and rolls his wheelchair. “People keep telling me that it’s exceptional – but in my heart I didn’t have a choice,” says Alicia, a truly unsung hero.
For her selfless work, Alicia was recognized by CVS Pharmacy’s “For All the Ways You Care” program.
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