Published: May 02, 2011 11:05 PM EDT
Updated: May 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The war in Afghanistan has injured thousands of American soldiers.

Monday we caught up with the family of Private First Class Corey Kent.

The Cape Coral soldier was severely injured when an improvised explosive device detonated last July.

Kent's step-dad, Dan Ashby says news of Osama Bin Laden's death validates the struggles of the past year.

"To know what Corey went over there, and all the other soldiers that went over there and fight for, the job has been done. It's a great day," Ashby said.

Up until Bin Laden's death, the days have been hard for the Kent family.

Last July, PFC Kent was nearly killed in Afghanistan.

He lost his legs and some fingers on his left hand.

In the past 10 months he has persevered learning how to walk with prosthetics.

"He's not going to let anything keep him down," Ashby told WINK News.

He adds Bin Laden's death gives Corey and his family strength, knowing Corey's injuries are not in vain.

It also motivate men and women still fighting overseas.

"It's uplifted all their spirits and they are ready to go. We got a victory. Let's go out and finish the job and bring them all home," he said.

Corey Kent's family hopes he'll be well enough to visit in July.

We'll keep you updated on his progress.