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OR soldier hurt in Afghanistan is welcomed home

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MILWAUKIE, OR (KPTV) -

A former Milwaukie graduate injured in Afghanistan is back in town for the first time since he was seriously hurt.

Alex Hussey survived a road side bomb in July of 2012.

The community of Milwaukie has come together to welcome Hussey back home.

Around Hussey's mom's home there are balloons on the street and the homes around the area are all decorated in red, white and blue.

A lot of the neighbors in the area fly their American Flags proudly.

The people in this part of Milwaukie don't see Alex as just another neighbor. They see him as a hero.

It's been a tough two years for Hussey who has a long road to recovery.

"It's definitely hard, but we stick together and get through it. I'm just happy he's still here," said Kim Hussey, Alex's wife.

Ever since Alex got out of the hospital he has had to relearn how to speak and eat.

He's relearning how to do just about everything.

"Reading. Currently I'm working on reading," said Alex through a smile.

In July of 2012, Alex was seriously hurt while on patrol in Afghanistan.

He was with the Fourth Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, when an improvised explosive device went off.

The explosion seriously injuring him and several other soldiers.

"Just an I.E.D. in the ground," said Alex.

Alex was in a coma for 6 months and doctors didn't expect him to survive.

He had a traumatic brain injury and lost both legs. He also lost his left hand and suffered numerous broken bones.

"It's hard. It was definitely life changing but Alex is my best friend and we've known each other since middle school, so I've known him a long time. If anybody can have something like this happen and they get through it, it's him," said Kim Hussey, as she sat next to Alex at his parent's Milwaukie home.

On Saturday, Alex's former teacher, Ken Buckles, is holding a benefit in Alex's honor.

It's called a ‘Tribute to Alex' and it's designed to help raise money to help pay for the couple's specialized truck that helps Alex get around while he's in his wheelchair.

"Feel fantastic," said Alex when asked about what it was like being home and seeing all the support for him.

Kim Hussey said, "It's great to have that support. It makes him feel very loved and that's what he needs."

Alex continues to push through and is adamant about beating the odds.

"I'm determined," added Alex.

"They set goals and then he just smashes them, he really does," added Kim.

Alex is a true inspiration to so many.

Just days after his injury he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

Alex is in town for a couple of weeks before he heads back to California to continue his rehab.

The ‘Tribute to Alex' takes place on Saturday at VFW Post 4248 at 7118 SE Fern Avenue starting at 5 p.m.

Donations can be sent to Remembering America's Heroes; 1940 NE 21st, Canby, OR 97013.

Or to VFW Post 4248, write "Alex Hussey" on memo line.

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