Marine Recruiter Back At Work After Being Shot In Chattanooga Attack

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Just a week after the June 16 attack at a recruiting office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Marine recruiter Sgt. Demonte Cheeley is back at work, even after suffering a gunshot wound to his leg.


Cheeley was sitting on a couch at the recruiting office when Mohammad Abdulazeez opened fire on the building. After opening fire at the recruiting center, Abdulazeez went to his next target, a naval reserve center nearby where he claimed the lives of four Marines and a Navy officer, before being shot and killed by law enforcement.

It wasn’t until the shooting stopped that Cheeley realized he had been hit — the bullet went clean through his leg — and now the Afghan war veteran is back at work.

"My job as a Marine recruiter is to be out there as the face of the Marine Corps and America,” he told the Marine Corps Times. “We are going to continue to push forward. We are back to work.”

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