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Wounded Green Bay veteran returns home

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Spc. Justin Lane celebrates his arrival at Austin Straubel Airport on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).
Spc. Justin Lane celebrates his arrival at Austin Straubel Airport on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A wounded veteran from Green Bay is back home.

Wednesday afternoon, 24-year-old Spc. Justin Lane flew into Austin Straubel Airport.

It was the first time since Lane was injured in Afghanistan, he was able to walk off a plane and onto his home turf.

"Not having to use crutches or a cane or a wheelchair, its feels really good," Lane told FOX 11.

Lane serves in the U.S. Army Reserves 428th Division based in Wausau.

While serving in Afghanistan in July of 2011, he suffered life-threatening wounds when the vehicle he was driving was involved in an explosion.

He lost both of his legs.

"It was tough because when you see him, you know all his life, being so athletic and just, there wasn't anything he couldn't accomplish in his mind, so it was pretty tough to see him in a hospital bed," explained Lane's Father, Art Lane.

After more than two dozen surgeries, Lane is now on the road to recovery. He is undergoing treatment in San Antonio, Texas.

"It's been an uphill battle, but I'm doing my best and pushing myself every single day," Lane said.

Lane will be one of three wounded area veterans to be honored at the My Brother's Keeper event Thursday evening. He'll also be honored at Sunday's home Packers game.

Lane will return to San Antonio for further treatment on Tuesday. His trip was made possible with the help of the Veteran's Airlift Command mission.

The "My Brother's Keeper" fundraiser is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Radisson Hotel in Ashwaubenon.

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