Wounded Hero Welcomed Home
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Green Bay-- Army Reservist Justin Lane first arrived in Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. His job, was to clear IED's. An explosion last summer, nearly killed him and certainly changed his life forever.
It might be hard to tell from the smile on his face that Justin Lane has gone through so much pain. "Well, I looked and my legs and I said, this is different," Lane recalls the first time he woke up after the explosion. On June 2nd, 2011, an explosion tore apart Lane's vehicle. "His spine was pulled away from his pelvic bone. His arm had to be plated and screwed together. His femur had seven different breaks in it," Lane's father Art, said.
Lane has only been on his prosthetic legs for about three months. He undergoes 20-hours of physical therapy a week. Today he arrived from Houston. It was courtesy of Veteran's Airlift Command, which provides free plan rides for wounded veterans and their families.
K.C. Johnson of Disabled American Veterans greeted Lane off the plane. "Mr. Lane is a combat wounded, purple heart-veteran and he needed other veterans here to welcome him home," Johnson said.
War has a way of changing lives. The fact that so much about Justin Lane remains the same, changes us, instead. "I didn't lose my legs. I just got different ones. So, that's not going to hold me back."