PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – An Army Reserve sergeant from Maine who was wounded in an ambush in Iraq last September is scheduled to return home following his hospital discharge Friday, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe said.

Sgt. Curtis Mills of Shapleigh was wounded Sept. 22 when a bomb rocked his Humvee along the main route in Ramadi.

Mills, who works as a mail carrier in Sanford, underwent surgeries for multiple shrapnel wounds on the right side of his body and has spent nearly 11 months in rehabilitation at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

The hospital was scheduled to discharge Mills on Friday, said Snowe, R-Maine. Maine Medical Center in Portland has agreed to complete Mills’ remaining surgeries at no cost.

Mills, who is married and has two children, will be able to join the official welcome home ceremonies for other members of the 94th Military Police Co. on Aug. 28.

Mills sought Snowe’s help in getting discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center so he could return to Maine for further medical treatment. Maine Medical agreed to complete Mills’ remaining surgeries at no cost, Snowe said.


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