Cody Grove's Battle

Since high school all Cody wanted to do was join the Army. He knew he wanted to be infantry with his sights on a sniper unit . In October of 2011,Cody left for basic training at Ft Benning. In February 2012, Cody graduated from Ft Benning top of his class and expert marksman.After one day to spend with his family he was immediately sent to his duty station at Ft Hood,Tx. Within 5 months he had orders to deploy to Afghanistan.In November of 2012 Cody deployed for 9 months to Afghanistan until August 2013 serving with 1st cav infantry as a designated marksman. Upon returning from Afghanistan ,Cody continued his career in the military at Ft Hood and was moved to 1st cav 3-8 and made a team leader of a sniper unit . His dream come true . He continued training and in July of 2014 received orders to deploy to Korea. In October 2014, Cody deployed to Korea. On November 6,2014 Cody called home to Iowa to tell his mom that he was sick and had been seen by a Korean hospital . His exact words" hey mom , i have something to tell you. I went to a Dr here today and I 'm gonna tell you something but you gotta not freak out " , I have cancer . Within 8 hrs a call from his command saying he would be on a flight home immediately and that family should be at Ft Hood waiting that he would have surgery immediately. On November 7,2014, Cody arrived back in the US, to Ft Hood . November 8 th would begin the biggest battle this 23 year old could face . Cody 's first surgery was on. 11/8/14. Test results came back with the tumors being three types of cancer cells all very aggressive. Cody us now at Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio,Tx for a major surgery called RPLND on January 28th. His mom has been at his side since he arrived from Korea, leaving her job on FMLA and is fighting to keep her job as they denied the. 26 wks for a military caregiver and the 12 wks they approved will run out February 2014.The military is covering Cody 's medical expense and have put his mom on orders for non medical attendant. The family has incurred loss of his mom's wages so she may be with him as caregiver and support plus daily living expense and keeping things going at their home back in Iowa, where they also take care of Cody 's elderly grandmother. Any help we can get for this military family for expenses would be greatly appreciated . Prayers are needed as. Cody and his family begin this battle.


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