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Wounded warrior celebrating an "Alive Day"

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Work on his house continues and it's almost complete. (Source: WAFF) Work on his house continues and it's almost complete. (Source: WAFF)

A retired soldier in Marshall County is celebrating what's being called an "Alive Day", two years to the day he was injured during an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.

Four months after the July 11, 2012 incident, Corey Garmon came home to a hero’s welcome where a house was being built for him and his family.

He said he remembers that day pretty well, but there's nothing about his life he would change. He certainly doesn't dwell on the past because he's too busy staying focused on what the future holds.

"Once I did step on it, things really changed," said Garmon.

However, for Corey Garmon, stepping on an IED is in the past and he remains focused on the future. In fact, he's right. Since the accident his physical progress only gets better each day.

"I want to be better than the last July 11 and I feel like I am. Come a long way," said Garmon.

Work on his house continues and it's almost complete, and he can't imagine that first night sleeping in his own home.

"It still hasn't hit me yet, and I believe that day will be filled with a lot of emotions," said Garmon.

Volunteers and others have helped donate time, talents, and other treasures to help Corey along the way, so for him, life really has changed a lot for the better.

"I've got a family now. A beautiful house. I live in a great community that's building this for me. Met a lot of great people. I'm happier. I'm a lot happier now."

With a new baby girl, no wonder he doesn't dwell on the past. He doesn't have time to because he's too busy thinking about the future.

"Yeah, she'll be five years old playing t-ball. I'll enjoy that. I'll enjoy that."

Driving in with an American flag, Collins Auto and Equipment surprised Garmon with a brand new John Deere riding mower. Since Garmon's accident, the community rallied behind the Wounded Warrior and have helped him get back to a more normal life.

Corey and his family are hoping to move into their new home in mid August.

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