Local named "Soldier of the Year"

July 30, 2008 5:04:10 PM PDT
A Walnut Creek man has been named "Soldier of the Year" by the Army Times newspaper.

Sgt. William Harlan was presented with the award in Washington D.C. Wednesday.

Harlan helped established a unit that guides troops through rehab. He also volunteers his time with the children of fallen soldiers.

The 39-year-old began helping others while overcoming his own injuries. His vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006. Harlan underwent 16 major sugeries to repair his broken bones. Even so, he chose to return to active duty.