“I remember hearing the phone ring early in the morning...”

In October 2005, 21-year-old Army Sergeant Erik Schei was shot in the head during his second tour in Mosul, Iraq. The bullet shattered the top half of his skull, leaving him paralyzed and with no control over his bodily functions.

His parents, Christine and Gordon, have been his primary caregivers since, and at StoryCorps, they remembered hearing the news of their son’s injury for the first time.

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Recorded in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Music Info: "Naruto And The End Of The Broken Ear" by Fredrik from the album Flora.
Produced by Yasmina Guerda
Facilitated by Chaela Herridge-Meyer
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