A Glendora soldier wounded in the head by a sniper’s bullet nearly a year ago has begun a special class at a community college to boost his cognitive and communicative skills. Jarod Behee, 27, remains a patient at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Pomona, but also has registered at Mount San Antonio College in the acquired brain injury program started in 1988. Students, who pay $3 a semester, are referred from local rehabilitation centers and hospitals along with home and community programs. They transition during the last few weeks of therapy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“It’s pretty good I’d have to say, but Marissa might argue with that,” Behee said. His wife Marissa said her husband has attended one class and, while she sees its potential, she said it’s too early to tell what benefit Jarod will get from it. Between 12 and 16 students attend the non-accredited computer classes two hours twice a week. There’s no homework or books, and students come and go according to their lifestyles. “Each person is on individualized program. Instructors help them to learn the program, introduce and monitor their scores,” said Christine Tunstall, instructional specialist in acquired brain injury/speech pathology. Computer software focuses on attention, memory, speed of processing, reasoning and organization. “Jarod will need a lot of working memory skills and also needs sustained attention, which keeps his focus on a task longer than just a few minutes,” Tunstall said. “It’s not unusual for a lot of cognitive recovery to happen once the individual is medically stable. Jarod has had a lot of surgery and a seizure and has been set back medically.” Software programs also work on reasoning and organizational skills. “It’s an area called `executive functions,’ which involve being able to plan a task, carry it out, modify if need be and evaluate it,” Tunstall said. Behee has gone through a series of surgeries since the May 25 incident outside Tikrit when he stood patrol on a roof and was shot in the head by a sniper. He has no memory of the day. His right eye remains closed, but he’s optimistic it will return to normal without surgery. In February, he was recovering from a cranioplasty procedure when doctors placed a metal plate in his head, allowing him to shed the helmet that protected it. Different facets of the community have held fundraisers, including car washes and a golf tournament, to help the Behees financially. Jennifer Patricia Vogel, 19, a teacher at Sonrise Christian Preschool in Covina, organized three car washes to benefit Behee, whose daughter Madison was in her class. Vogel will be honored for her contribution Wednesday at a USA Weekend magazine “Make a Difference Day” luncheon. On Nov. 30, Behee was awarded the Purple Heart with 200 of his family members and friends in attendance. On Tuesday, he’s expected to represent soldiers injured in Iraq during an annual breakfast in Sacramento with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!