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Governor Gregg Abbott has finally revealed the cause of severe burns he received in July. He told reporters this weekend the burns were caused by scalding hot shower water. The Governor has been paralyzed from the waist down since an accident in the 1980s.

"Because of my paralysis, I couldn’t feel the burns that were taking place," said Abbott. "As a consequence, it was like having my feet in scalding water for several minutes and it resulted in third degree burns to my feet."

The burns occurred while Abbott was vacationing in Jackson, Wyoming.

Gov. Greg Abbott is on his way back to the Governor’s Mansion in Austin after undergoing surgery and spending four days in the hospital at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.  

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Department of Defense has released the name of a Fort Hood soldier who died in San Antonio last week.

The Army says Private First Class Donnell Antwain Hamilton, Jr., died Thursday, July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center, from an illness that was diagnosed in Afghanistan.

Hamilton, who the Army says was from Kenosha, Wisconsin, had served on active duty as an M-1 armor crewman since October, 2012. He had been assigned to Fort Hood since April of 2013 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July of 2013.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s medical status has been changed from inpatient care at Brooke Army Medical Center hospital to continued reintegration and medical care on an outpatient basis.

Bergdahl was released from in-hospital care into post housing at Fort Sam Houston, and he will continue to receive counseling and debriefing at BAMC.

Bergdahl is still being exposed gradually to the outside world, but it is not known how much of the media coverage Bergdahl has seen about his story at this point.

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