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Beckley marine honored with Purple Heart following duty in Afghanistan

Local - 8/7/2014 10:12 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - A young marine injured in Afghanistan from the direct blast of an improvised explosive device is sporting a new decoration on his uniform Thursday.

Congressman Nick Rahall presented Marine Corps Cpl. Jason Clyburn with a Purple Heart. 

He and his best friend were injured back in 2011 while riding through Afghanistan. Following the accident, Clyburn says he was put on light duty and recovered in a dark, cold tent. 

Clyburn says he suffered a moderate traumatic brain injury, which leaves him with daily headaches, memory loss and occasional problems with his speech. 

The Purple Heart recipient works at the Beckley VA Medical Center. 

"It's a lot of weight that's been lifted off my shoulders due to a lot of people telling me that I deserved it, and then a lot of people telling me that I didn't deserve it," Clyburn said. "It's that light at the end of the tunnel. The battle is over, and now I can go on and continue to get things -- find out the things that I deserve now."

Clyburn is a Beckley native. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2008. 

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