SANIBEL, Fla.- Southwest Florida went all out to honor a local wounded warrior. Corporal Jon Carnes got a hero's salute as he arrived on Sanibel for a weekend fishing tournament. The Sanibel Causeway was transformed into an all American welcome sign.
"In some cases, everyone gave some, but some gave all, I gave up my legs for our country," said Cpl. Jon Carnes.
Corporal Jon Carnes got the ultimate homecoming, an all American greeting as the wounded warrior was escorted to Sanibel.
"I'm glad I am coming home in the way I am now, I would have liked to come home a little differently, but the opportunities I have in front of me are endless." Deputies took the time to honor and salute Corporal Carnes.
"Coming back to Southwest Florida, the reception when you get off the plane, makes it all worth it."
In November of 2011, Corporal Carnes lost the ability to fight in combat. He was hit with an IED, lost his leg, and doctors only gave him a 40% chance of living.
"The first minute of my day, I have to put a leg on, and then I can keep up with anybody," Carnes told WINK News.
It's been five years since he's returned home to Southwest Florida and to make up for lost time, he's hitting the water for this weekend's Ding Darling Tarpon Tournament.
"I've never been in a tournament before, especially these large fish! I mean, they get huge!"
In another surprise, the City of Fort Myers declared May 5th Corporal Carnes Day.
Operation Open Arms, a group that donates to service members, and Jensen's Twin Palms, a resort on Captiva paid for the entire trip.