Updated: Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010, 9:48 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010, 9:48 PM CDT
BUDA (KXAN) - Outside the Inbody home in Hays County, flags fly proudly in the wind; one for the USA and the other for the U.S. Army.
Jeannine Inbody said the hardest part is waiting for word. The Inbody's waiting is marked by a blue star flag in the window. It is a tradition that goes back to World War One and is meant to show people on the outside that a family is waiting for a soldier to come home from War.
"It's a combination of being proud of them- and scared to death," said Don Inbody, whose son, 1st Lieutenant David Inbody, was wounded in Afghanistan July 15.
David Inbody was part of a 70 member Agriculture Development Team from the Texas Army National Guard deployed to Afghanistan to help the Afghan people modernize their farming techniques.
"He was particularly proud that they were educating the women how to do this and setting them up with a business- a small business," said David's mom, Jeannine.
Lt. Inbody was riding in an MRAP vehicle when his convoy hit a roadside bomb on July 15. Inbody has serious injuries to his foot and two others in his vehicle were also injured.
"We've had 2 actual phone calls with Dave and that's been the best to actually hear his voice," said Jeannine. "We don't really know the full extent of the outcome but we're just hopeful that it will all heal and I just can't wait to get a hold of him and I'm sure he can't wait for us to get there."
Inbody is recovering from surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. before being transferred to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Tradition says the blue star flag stays in the window until a soldier makes it home safely.
"I'm very proud of what he was doing- and it was something that he had to do," said Don Inbody.
That pride will keep those other flags outside the Inbody home flying long after David makes it home.