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Injured FHS grad is back in the US

Kyle Malin in military gear.

Two weeks after an improvised explosive device went off next to him while he was on walking patrol in Afghanistan, 26-year-old Kyle Malin is reportedly doing well at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Malin arrived at Walter Reed on July 18, after being initially cared for in a hospital in Germany. Malin lost both of his legs in the explosion.

Over the past week, Malin has undergone multiple surgeries, according to his mother, Deb Malin, who is in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Jon Malin, and Kyle's wife, Alicia.

"Kyle is doing better on a day-by-day scale," Deb Malin wrote in an e-mail this week. "His spirits are good. His pain in consistent. He's had quite a lot done to his body in a short amount of time."

Since the incident, there has been an outpouring of support from friends, family and the local community. Friends started a Facebook page to send messages to Kyle, "Helping a Hero," and many cards of support have come as well.

"He knows that a lot of people everywhere care about him, love him, support him and pray for his recovery," Deb said in her email. "We can't thank everyone for everything they've done for Kyle, his wife Alicia and their boys and for us. It's amazing how people just seem to come out of the woodwork, so to speak."

Kyle is a member of the Army's 101st Airborne out of Fort Capmbell, Ky., and a 2002 graduate of Farmington High School.

Cards may be sent to: SSGT. Kyle Malin, c/o Jon Malin, 20355 Hamburg Ave., Lakeville, Minn. 55044.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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