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Benefit set for Army recruiter dragged in Roseville hit-and-run

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ROSEVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Sgt. Travis Torgerson is still recovering from the injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run outside the recruitment center where he works, and family, friends, coworkers and complete strangers are coming together to help the family in their time of need.

"He remembers it very well. He was conscious for the whole endeavor," Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud, who was also struck, told FOX 9 News.

It's been nearly a month since the two Army recruiters were struck by a man who shouldn't have been at the wheel, but Torgerson's recovery is still a day-by-day process.

"Doing a lot better than he was initially," Stroud continued. "I've visited him in the hospital. He's making good progress and recovery. It's going to be a long road and a lot of damage."

Stroud and Torgerson were walking back from lunch when both were hit by an SUV driven by Enrico Taylor. Stroud went over the hood, but Torgerson became stuck and was dragged for nearly a mile. His tattered uniform serves as a reminder of his ordeal.

Since the hit-and-run, the Army veteran has received cards from across the country, including one from a certain quarterback with the Green Bay Packers since Torgerson is from Wisconsin.

"Got a package from Aaron Rogers with a signed photograph and a personal, hand-written get well letter," Stroud said. "It's awesome… Torgerson is a big fan."

Yet, with Torgerson still in the hospital with a broken leg and a nasty case of road rash, the accident has put a financial strain on his wife and two young children. That's why a fundraiser has been scheduled at a nearby church to help out.

"He's not been at work, hasn't been able to help out at home," Stroud said. "They have kids who need babysitters -- things I don't even know about."

Stroud said he's not sure when, or if, Torgerson will ever return to the Army, but he said he knows someone who sacrificed so much for his country shouldn't have to lose anything else.

Torgerson should be released from the hospital next month, but he could need rehab or physical therapy for up to a year. Details about the benefit can be found below.

Date: Nov. 3, 2013
Time: 12:30-4 p.m.
Location: Calvary Church
2020 Lexington Ave. N.
Roseville, MN

A lunch buffet with silent and live auctions will take place. All donations, big and small, are welcomed. There is no charge to attend the event, only a suggested donation of $5 per person. Auction contributions are also welcome.

To contact the organizers, e-mail torgersonbenefit@gmail.com or call Matt McClay at 651-233-7461.

Monetary donations can also be deposited to the Travis Torgerson Benefit Fund at any TCF Bank branch.

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