LEE COUNTY, Fla.,- It was the salute seen around the world, a picture of wounded warrior, Sgt. Josh Hargis, an army ranger injured in Afghanistan. Only, our cameras were there as Southwest Florida welcomed the war hero home.
Sgt. Josh Hargis defeated the odds when he was injured during a mission in Afghanistan. He lost both of his legs in an explosion, while four fellow soldiers were killed. But, the world was captivated by the young soldier when a picture captured him saluting his commander while he was honored with a purple heart. The picture shows the Purple Heart pinned on Sgt. Hargis' chest, as he laid heavily sedated in a hospital bed.
Today, Sgt. Hargis was given a heroes welcome! A community came together to say thanks to an army ranger who put his life on the line to protect our country. With American flags in hand, many saluted Hargis as he came off of an airplane and walked through a tunnel of proud military supporters.
Now, Southwest Florida is home to another war hero, Corey Kent, another service member who lost his legs on the battlefield. Kent's dad is the president of the National Coalition of Patriots. This organization is helping give veterans the recognition they deserve. They are raising money for Sgt. Hargis to get into the truck of his dreams. Hargis tells WINK News, the people of Florida have been standing behind him since that IED exploded in October.
Now the organization needs $5,000 to get Hargis in the truck. To donate, you can go nationalcfp.org.
Also, some big news for Sgt. Hargis. He and his wife are expecting a baby boy. Baby Hargis is due in just two months!