MUNFORD, TN (abc24.com) - He nearly lost his life in Afghanistan, now a war hero is trying to adjust to life back home in Munford, where he'll spend a 30 day vacation from rehabilitation in Maryland.
Corporal Christian Brown was home in September but only for a weekend, since he's spending 30 days in Munford this time his family made sure his house was ready for him.
Brown's life has done a complete 180 since last December, when he lost both legs in an IED explosion. Brown recalls, "I went around the building to check on my Marines, the new guys, to make sure they were set up right and en route to them was the IED." That one step forever changed the course of Brown's life, and it's been a long road to recovery.
Brown primarily uses a wheel chair to get around, "If you don't have the capabilities to get around you feel more restricted than you already are to feel like you can do things on your own, independence is part of the healing process."
With money from Semper Fi, a group that supports injured Marines, Munford contractor, Mickey Strickland, completely redid Brown's home to give him back that independence. "This is a great man right here," Brown says about Strickland. "He's widened all these doors for me, he's put the hardwood floor in which is easy for me to roll on." But the biggest change was the bathroom. "When I got home the first time I had to hop off my chair onto the ground and scoot my butt in there and then try to do a cliff hanger move to get up on the toilet... It's uncomfortable, it's nasty, it's inhumane almost."
It's not the way a war hero should be forced to live. His family made sure that changed by the time he arrived home this time. With a new tile floor and widened doorway, he can roll into the bathroom; there's a larger shower with a bench that folds down so he can sit and there are bars next to the toilet so he can keep himself sturdy. Changes that make a world of a difference, Brown says, "It makes me feel like a normal person and I can't thank him enough."
Brown expects to spend at least the next eight months at the Walter Reed Medical Facility in Maryland for rehab, then he plans to come home to Tennessee.