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Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates fell in his home in Washington state last night, fracturing a vertebrae. He's back home and resting, according to a spokesperson, but will now be sporting a neck brace during his upcoming book tour.

Here is a statement from Gates' office:

Dr. Gates accidentally fell at his home in Washington State Wednesday evening and fractured his first vertebrae. He was treated at hospitals in Mount Vernon and Seattle and is now back at home with his family resting comfortably. He is expected to make a full recovery and thanks the medical staffs of both hospitals for the excellent care they provided him. He looks forward to the release of his new memoir "Duty" on January 14th which he will be promoting wearing a neck brace.