Injured Army Specialist Tyler Jeffries Returns to Concord
CONCORD, NC - "It's been really tough and a lot of pain, but you just grit your teeth and bear it sometimes," explains Army Specialist Tyler Jeffries.
23-year-old Jeffries walked into his welcome home celebration in Concord, less than three months after losing both legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.
"For whatever reason, I can't explain why, I've been moving so fast, my healing process, I was up and walking in a month," Jeffries says.
Tyler made the almost 400 mile journey today from Walter Reed Hospital, escorted by the Patriot Guard riders.
People lined the streets in Concord to welcome him home.
"It's just hard to imagine someone his age, who has given two limbs in the service of his country. It's just, for the rest of us, hard to imagine," says Concord Mayor Scott Padgett.
"He's one of us. He paid the price, we got away lucky," says veteran James Isenhour.
Children carried signs calling him a hero.
"It's hard to accept sometimes. Somebody says you're a hero and you don't want to believe it because you know there's so many doing so much and the same thing I did," Jeffries explains.
That's why Jeffries says his ultimate goal is to go back and serve again in Afghanistan.
He also has plans to take college classes.
"For whatever reason, I have purpose now, cause I stayed alive, so.. I must have some reason for being here," Jeffries explains.