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One soldier-turned-stand-up-comedian will be visiting Hammons Field Friday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Springfield Cardinals game. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has the story.
Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline was driving a convoy truck for the Army in Iraq in 2007 when a roadside bomb went off.
He has had to endure many surgeries to recover from the burns suffered during the wreck. Those burns now cover nearly half of his body, but Henline has always maintained a positive attitude, making particularly good use of his sense of humor.
“I think having a good sense of humor to begin with, I’ve always been kind of a nutty guy, and the really strong family support helped me get through it. And humor really is a great healing medicine. It helps me; it also helps other people I meet,” Henline said.
Now that he has recovered physically, Henline does stand-up at a comedy club in San Antonio. He says it helps him, along with other veterans who have been wounded, heal from the emotional toll of war. He says his comedy has also helped other veterans who have been wounded get through their difficult physical and mental recoveries.
Henline is visiting Springfield this weekend to throw out the first pitch at a Cardinals’ game. Although he is very excited to throw out the first pitch, it’s not all fun and games, as Henline is mostly in town for a fundraiser for “Our House” Foundation. “Our House” is a local organization that helps restore the minds, bodies, and spirits of men and women returning from war.
Board member Kevin Hanks says Henline’s presence in Springfield this weekend will benefit local veterans.
“I think the largest impact that Bobby is going to have is on those veterans who have returned with disabilities. And this is everything from physical to mental disabilities. And it’s a large number of people, but it’s a small percentage of the troops that are returning,” Hanks said.
Hanks says Henline is so successful at reaching fellow wounded veterans because of their shared experiences. He says Henline encourages other veterans by having a great attitude, despite having gone through a very painful recovery.For KSMU News, I’m Ryan Welch.