PFC Corey Kent: One man's journey, one community's mission

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On July 12, 2010 while on patrol with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan, Kent stepped on an IED that exploded underneath him. Miraculously, Kent survived the explosion. However, he suffered the loss of both his legs and fingers from his left hand as a result of the attack. Since the time, of the explosion Kent has endured dozens of surgeries and a long, painful rehabilitation process.

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On July 11, 2011, Kent returned home to Cape Coral with a hero’s welcome. The proceedings during Kent’s Cape Coral homecoming included a limousine and motorcade escort to Harley Davidson of Fort Myers for photos. From there, the motorcade continued to Cape Coral’s Leapin Lizards Bar & Grille. It was there that residents of Cape Coral showed their appreciation to the returning Kent. Hundreds lined the parking lot and filled the restaurant to greet him upon his return home.

During the ceremony, Mayor John Sullivan presented Kent with the key to the city. Kent also received keys of another type, keys to a 2012 Ford Focus presented by Sam Galloway Ford.

On July 13, the groundbreaking for an addition on Kent’s house was held. The U.S. Forces Funds, the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, and Gates Construction partnered to build a 500 square foot addition to the family home that will allow Kent to live independently when he returns home from Walter Reed Hospital in 2012.

All of the materials and time put into building the addition were done through donations from throughout the community. Over the last five months, workers have been working diligently to get the addition complete by the end of the year.

Last week, with the work on the addition near completion, a ceremony was held to open the doors of the new addition at the family home. Kent says he has about eight months of physical therapy left and looks forward to spending time in his new apartment.

 

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