U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, says he's hired an Army veteran who was badly injured in an Afghanistan explosion to work on veterans issues.
Retired Sgt. Shane Scherer was seriously injured in a 2009 explosion at his base in Afghanistan and will work out of Roskam's West Chicago office.
"Shane spent a year in the hospital relearning how to walk, talk, and even swallow," Roskam said in a statement. "His remarkable recovery is a testament to his strength, resilience, and unparalleled determination to help the country he nearly lost his life defending." Roskam hired Scherer, a California native, via a federal program that helps veterans find jobs with Congress.
Scherer earned a Purple Heart and has a master's degree in public administration, and his title will be veterans constituent advocate, Roskam's office says.