Soldier wounded in combat, loses home in tornado

August 23, 2011 - 5:45 AM
Injured Soldier Tornado

Alabama National Guard 1st Lt. Antone Williams walks through his devastated neighborhood in Pleasant Grove, Ala., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Williams, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in Kandahar in 2010 and lost his home to a twister on April 27, is among the troops participating in a outdoors program that helps with the recovery of injured troops by offering them a chance at rock-wall climbing, scuba diving, shooting, archery, cycling, swimming, fishing, skiing and kayaking. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

WILSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A mortar attack in Afghanistan last year left 1st Lt. Antone Williams with a concussion severe enough to send him home. Then a tornado this spring left him without a home at all.

Now the Alabama National Guardsman is trying to get his life back together after a year that's brought a double-whammy of misfortune.

Williams' unit came under mortar fire in Kandahar and he suffered a concussion when a shell struck just a few yards away. The next morning, he awoke to headaches and dizziness and was diagnosed with a concussion and vertigo.

While back home in the United States, Williams' home in Pleasant Grove, Ala., was destroyed by one of more than 60 tornadoes that plowed across the state April 27.