CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A soldier who lost his legs while serving in Afghanistan has returned to Cape Coral. After three years of rehabilitation at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C., Corey Kent is home for good. Wink News spoke with the Southwest Florida native who says he's taking it one day at a time.
Sargent Corey Kent says it's good to sleep in his own bed.
"I think I'm still getting used to it, knowing that this time is for good and I don't have to go back," Kent said.
The 24-year old soldier lost his legs and three fingers in July of 2010 after stepping on an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.
"I knew there was a chance and once I started to find out about the deployment I knew there was a stronger chance. But you can't think about it when you deploy. You have to focus," he said.
Even after the traumatic experience and dozens of surgeries, Kent insists he'd join again if given the chance.
"I really think I would. The experiences I had, the guys I met, They are priceless. You can't understand unless you have served," Kent said.
Kent credits his peace of mind with a strong support system.
"Family and friends definitely help. I still keep in touch with guys that I served with," he said.
Now that he's home, Kent says he plans to relax, travel and work on cars. He also dedicates his time to the National Coalition for Patriots, a non-profit devoted to making life better for all veterans.
"It's tough to think of myself as inspiration. It happened and I was injured. People do say I'm an inspiration, but to me I'm just living," he said.