CAPE CORAL, Fla.-Friday marks three years since the attack that forever changed a local soldier's life. Sergeant Corey Kent lost both legs and some of his fingers when he stepped on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on July 12, 2010.
Sergeant Kent tells WINK News he doesn't recognize special dates like the anniversary of the attack that led to his medical discharge from the U.S. Army. He says he things about the attack every day.
"I especially don't want to let the person who buried that I.E.D. dictate my life."
Sergeant Kent deployed as an infantryman during one of the deadliest times in the Afghanistan War.
"That was the surge in Afghanistan, and you know the 101st was a big part of that, so we took a pretty good beating where we were," he said.
WINK News has followed Kent's recovery through rehabilitation and countless surgeries.
"There were 60-70 times, but I was told while you're in there, multiple departments could be in there working on you and they count each of those, so counting those, I'm in the triple digits," Ken said.
Kent is now debating whether to go back to college, or possibly start a new job.
"I planned on staying in, you know, making a career out of it. Now I can't, so it's kind of like starting over," Kent said.
Since leaving Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., Kent traveled cross-country with a friend, even visiting his old unit, the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, KY.
Ken is now home in Cape Coral enjoying a new puppy and his independence in a new apartment. He's also sporting a new tattoo that pays tribute to his Battalion.
"It's greatly appreciated knowing that people realize we're still fighting a war and people have gotten hurt and people are still deploying," he said.