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A local marine receives a hero's welcome at Spirit game

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A local marine received a hero's welcome at the Dow Saturday.

Staff Sgt. Brad Lang was honored at the Dow before the Spirit game in a moving ceremony.

The 2003 Alma High School graduate was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was injured stepping on an explosive device in July 2011.

Lang lost parts of both legs in the explosion.

Twenty surgeries later, he has made great strides in his recovery.

Saturday, Brad Lang, his wife Alyssa Lang, and 3-year-old son David Lang took part in the ceremony as a packed arena looked on.

Brad Lang says family and community support like tonight, has been a huge help to his recovery.

"From day one in the hospital my wife was there behind me pushing me, not letting me feel sorry for myself. It definitely helped, I have a 3-year-old son that I'm able to raise and hold. I'm blessed to have what I have."

Brad Lang and his family are now living in North Carolina, they are here visiting family for the holidays. When they get back, they will be moving into a brand-new, custom-built home.

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