The 'New Normal'
Singer has returned to light duty, received Purple Heart medal
DIAMOND, Ill. — A Diamond family whose lives were put on hold by news of a son wounded in Afghanistan over the summer is now working to resume a sense of normalcy.
In the weeks following a July 12 rocket-propelled grenade blast that critically wounded Cpl. Joe Singer, a 22-year-old Marine on his second tour in Afghanistan, Singer was taken to Germany and Maryland before being brought home. By September, Singer was in significantly better health and called back to light duty at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Singer's mother, Jennifer Cherveny, said Tuesday that was sooner than she had expected.
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