Jacksonville, Fla. -- Josh Gillette joined the military at age 17 from Englewood High School, but now at age 32 is recovering from serious injuries while on patrol in Afghanistan.
In October an IED exploded killing Gillette's bomb dog and leaving the army sergeant injured with a shatter face and arm, no teeth and eyesight in jeopardy.
"Stuff like this doesn't happen to you...it happens to other people, you know," said David Gillette the soldier's dad who lives in Argyle Forest.
Gillette says he is also proud of his youngest son, Shain, who gone on the internet to share the story of his hero brother and raise money for Josh's wife and daughter.
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Gillette according to family is expected to be released from Walter Reed Medical Center following a two month stay. He will then return to his army base in Kentucky for follow-up support.
The Gillette family is proud of their son and believes their prayers are being answered,
"Praying because he wants to get back to normal and so do I. Josh loves the Army," said his dad who served in the Navy.
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