Brett and London Bondurant with a Purple Heart plaque awarded to Brett by Skyline Chili in Lawrenceburg.
provided by P.G. Gentrup
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Dozens of people welcomed recently retired Army soldier Brett Bondurant back to southeast Indiana.
Bondurant lost both of his legs in an IED explosion during a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011. He had spent much of the time since then rehabilitating in San Antonio, Texas, but recently returned home as he and his wife, London, are expecting their first child.
The Skyline Chili restaurant in Lawrenceburg hosted a welcome home party for Brett and London on March 25. Family friend and local veteran advocate P.G. Gentrup called the event a huge success.
“Brett and London really appreciated the people coming out to help in their transition back to civilian life,” Gentrup said. “It was a standing room only crowd and several TV stations from Cincinnati were there to cover the dinner.”
Skyline Chili honored Bondurant’s sacrifice for his country with a unique Purple Heart plaque. The restaurant also doanted a portion of proceeds from dinner that night to the couple to aid in their transition home.
“We hope to be able to have another ‘Welcome Home Warriors’ event sometime in June and Brett will also be a part of that. We will be welcoming home several of the local troops who have been deployed to Afghanistan,” Gentrup said.
The Bondurants recently found out that their baby due in August is a girl, said Gentrup.