In late July NBC5 News brought you the story of a new facility being used to train military, civilian and security forces at Kingsley field. One serviceman who was injured in that training is a southern Oregon native.
Jonathan Raye, a seven-year military veteran, served in both the Middle East and South America. During the training in Klamath Falls, a flash-bang grenade exploded near his neck, causing first and second-degree burns as well as nerve damage.
The family said the military will pay for treatment, however, with all the paperwork, it could take a while. His wife Isabel created a GoFundMe* account to try and cover their expenses while he’s out of work.
Raye told NBC5 News he’s returning to work soon. He also wanted to thank everyone who donated already, saying it means the world to him and his family.
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Nicole Costantino is a reporter and weather forecaster for NBC5 News. She comes to us from Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She also received a minor in Meteorology.
Before coming to NBC5 News Nicole was an anchor, weathercaster and reporter at KAET in Phoenix, AZ. In college, she interned for CBS Evening News in New York City and the NBC4 Investigative Team in Los Angeles.
In her free time, you can find Nicole cheering on her Sun Devils and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to send story ideas and chocolate chip cookie recipes to her on Facebook (@NicoleCostantino) or Twitter (@NicCostantino).