Published: Jul 10, 2011 1:28 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 09, 2011 7:22 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla -  A local soldier is back home in Southwest Florida for the first time since he was nearly killed in Afghanistan last year.

Private First Class Corey Kent arrived on a plane Saturday morning.

The injured soldier was greeted by more than a 100 people at Southwest Florida International Airport.

The injured soldier was thanked and given the patriotic salute, a hug, and some even sang God Bless America to him.

Many of those there to greet Corey Kent don't know him, but are touched by his story.

"I'm still teared up. You can't thank him enough," said Phil Miller of Fort Myers.

22 year-old Kent was injured last July in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded.

The soldier lost both his legs and some fingers.

Despite surgeries, illnesses, and obstacles Kent persevered.

He worked to rebuild his muscles and life.

Coming home was his goal.

Saturday he reached it and was in awe of the community's support.

"I kind of froze for a second. I just saw a wall of people," PFC Corey Kent told WINK News.

People of all ages surrounded Corey, who was all smiles and thrilled to be home again.

"I'm just looking forward to spending time with friends and family again...seeing my pets again," he said.

Corey will spend the next month with his family at their Cape Coral home.

He has to go back to Washington DC in August to continue treatment at Walter Reed Hospital.

Until then he has one plan: get some R&R.

"I just want to relax. It's nice to be home. I've been in DC for so long. It's nice to be somewhere familiar again with friends and family," he said.