My son’s journey

(Photo courtesy MMAF)
(Photo courtesy MMAF)

Boyd Francisco (pictured) of Apple Valley spoke about his son Kristopher’s military experience on March 25 at a Minnesotans Military Appreciation Fund event in Bloomington.

Kristopher Francisco, a 2005 graduate of Apple Valley High School, was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained after an improvised explosive device was detonated under his vehicle during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.

The then-U.S. Army specialist endured more than a dozen surgeries and still suffers from a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Now retired from the Army, he received a $10,000 grant earlier last year from MMAF, a nonprofit that awards grants to the state’s military personnel.

Kristopher Francisco also spoke at the MMAF fundraising event, as did two former Navy SEALS, Lt. Lawrence Yatch and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Eric Davis.