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Neto's Tucson: Severely wounded vet appreciates being alive

Neto's Tucson: Severely wounded vet appreciates being alive

Senior Airman Brian Kolfage Jr. works on a balance exercise at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Kolfage was severely wounded in a rocket attack on Sept. 11, 2004, at Balad Airbase in Iraq. He underwent 16 surgeries and months of intensive physical therapy.

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Neto's Tucson: Severely wounded vet appreciates being alive

Neto's Tucson: Severely wounded vet appreciates being alive

Kolfage receives a Purple Heart on Sept. 11, 2004, in Balad, Iraq, hours after he sustained his wounds. "They didn't think I was going to live so they gave it to me while I was still alive," Kolfage said.

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Neto's Tucson: Severely wounded vet appreciates being alive

Neto's Tucson: Severely wounded vet appreciates being alive

President George W. Bush and Kolfage were photographed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Christmas 2004.

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Neto's Tucson: Severely wounded vet appreciates being alive

Neto's Tucson: Severely wounded vet appreciates being alive

You can't help but notice Brian Kolfage Jr.'s prostheses when you meet him.

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