Soldier Comes Home

by Christa Lollis

For the first time since November David Corley returned to Lufkin. He's in the army and until recently had been fighting the war in Iraq which has been hard on his whole family. "It's just hard to not have the full support system and not have your husband, you know, your best friends gone fighting a war and you don't know if they're going to come back. It's just a nightmare," his wife Nakita explains.

In January his wife got the call she hoped would never come. The army told her David was injured when his infantry division came under attack. David was shot in the jaw and the bullet that hit him nearly took his life. "Missed my spinal cord and my artery by 2 millimeters and literally if the wind would have been blowing five miles per hour one way or the other would have made the difference in me not being here right now," David tells us of his injury. But he survived and his family couldn't be more proud of his accomplishments. "I consider him a hero because he's willing to lay his life down and proved it," his father, Dr. Corley said.  David says he's no hero, he was just doing his job. And the true heroes are the friends he lost while stationed in Iraq. He says, "It's just hard to see your friends die or lose your friends or know that they're not coming back to their families. And even though he's injured, he made it back and his recovery has been better than what the doctors first expected.

So for now, he'll continue to enjoy the time he has with his family and keep looking at the road ahead. "It's going to take a long time of recovery and it's going to be a long hard road but it's not going to be, I'm not going to let it be that stopping point in my life. I'm not going to let it stop me from living my life," David said.