Afghanistan veteran shares experience at college - WNEM TV 5

Afghanistan veteran shares experience at college

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Retired Staff Sgt. Bradley Lang is an inspiration to anyone he meets and students at Alma College on Veterans Day learned first-hand how devastating war can be.

"I went down to blow the explosives that were in the ground, and on my way down I functioned a third IED I didn't know was there and stepped on it, and nine pounds of explosives went off," Lang said.

The explosion happened while Lang was serving in Afghanistan. He suffered a shattered pelvis, a closed head injury and lost both of his legs above the knee.

Lang an Alma High School graduate shared this experience to a large crowd at Alma College.

He suffered those severe injuries in his last mission in 2011 and is a Purple Heart recipient because of it.

Doctors didn't think he would make it, but this proud Marine did recover and now spends his time encouraging other veterans to live their best life.

"No matter if they are missing legs, or they have some other type injury, life continues," Lang said. "It really is what you make of it. Don't sit on the couch and feel sorry for yourself. You can be a productive member of society."

Lang lives in a handicap accessible home built by Homes for our Troops,

He and his wife are expecting their second child in the New Year.

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