- Associated Press - Sunday, April 13, 2014

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Corey Garmon has a lot to celebrate as he gets ready to begin a new chapter in his life.

Most of all, he looks forward to his “Alive Day.”

He hopes he and his family are able to celebrate in their new house in Guntersville by July 11, the anniversary of the date he was wounded by an IED blast while deployed in Afghanistan.

“That’s more of a celebration for me than my birthday,” he said recently as he watched volunteers from six states work to frame the house.

Corey lost both legs below the knee, lost 70 percent of the use of his left hand, lost his left pinky, sustained moderate damage to an eye and was diagnosed with moderate traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

He and his wife, Megan, have spent much of the last two years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. They celebrated the birth of their daughter, Kyleigh, in September.

Corey has been approved for discharge from the Army, officially on June 11.

He is scheduled to begin his exit leave on April 25 and will be able to return home for good then.

On June 12, he plans to start the next phase of his life.

Through Veterans Affairs programs, he will begin a construction and contracting business - a job he knew a little about before he joined the Army in 2011.

He is approved for 100 percent disability through the Department of Veterans Affairs, but it’s not about the money, he said.

“I want to do something that will keep me up and out of my wheelchair,” he said. “I could stay home and play Xbox, go fishing and take care of my daughter, but I want to stay busy.”

Corey said many disabled veterans choose not to work, but the VA encourages them to.

The new house is designed with his needs in mind.

Corey is fitted with prosthetics, but needs to use a wheelchair while at home to give his limbs time to rest.

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