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Local solider home after suffering injuries from convoy accident

A Valley solider, injured in a convoy accident, is home recovering.

His parents are thankful their oldest son made it out alive.

Captain Matthew Curtis walked through Huntsville International Airport anxious to reunite with his family.

This is a welcome home he didn't anticipate.

Last week, while serving in Iraq, Curtis was one of five soliders injured when their 19-ton mine resistant ambush protected vehicle went off the road and flipped.

Curtis has a torn rotator cuff, broken bones in his back and ribs and severe bruising.

These injuries will take months to heal. 

"It's very painful. I've had a couple of friends in physical training. You go straight into rehab and it's not one of the more pleasant things you'll ever have done," says Capt. Curtis.

His parents held a welcome home sign and gently hugged their son's neck.

They're thankful he's alive, and even thankful that they have him back in the states where Curtis can make a full recovery.

"The Army still owns him. He still has to go back and forth for treatment, but we will enjoy having him home," says dad Greg Curtis.

Curtis is being assigned to Redstone Arsenal, where he will be referred to a local orthopedic doctor and have his surgery here in Huntsville.

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