A wife's love inspires recovery of a soldier wounded in Afghanistan
23 December 2013 Last updated at 01:07 GMT
There was a time when US army captain Larkin O'Hern couldn't face a future in which he wasn't serving in the infantry.
In 2010 he was injured by an improvised explosive device while in Afghanistan, losing parts of both legs and one hand.
But Capt O'Hern's wife Rachel was by his side throughout recovery, insisting the future was still full of possibilities.
The wounded vet set himself a series of goals - the most important was to get out of his wheelchair and stand as his former platoon returned from their tour.
Now Capt O'Hern is highly independent and still serving in the US army. Soon he'll begin a Congressional fellowship on Capitol Hill.
Produced by Laura Trevelyan, Ted Metzger, Allen McGreevy and David Botti
Additional photos/video: ABC News, and courtesy Larkin O'Hern and Rachel O'Hern
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