Randolph County, NC -- Saturday was a day that might have never happened, at least not for U.S. Army Specialist Jeremy Young,
Last July, the Trinity native was shot 12 times while serving in Afghanistan.
Young was on life support and spent seven months in a Veterans Affairs polytrauma unit in San Antonio, Texas.
At 23 years old, he's not just a Purple Heart Recipient, but also a local hero.
And on Saturday, Young's neighbors welcomed their hero home.
"Technically, he shouldn't be here today," said Sherry Akines, Young's mother. "But, God's got a huge plan for him."
Young's journey has been nothing short of a miracle.
"When I was laying on the ground, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to make it. I knew I was messed up," said Young.
"We were told he wasn't hurt bad and that he would be OK. He was only shot twice. And then, the next day, we found out different, that he was on life support," said Akines. "Then the roller coaster ride started from there."
Akines said it was tough to stomach the news.
"About the sickest feeling I've ever had in my life," she said.
It was the prayers from the Archdale and Trinity communities that helped Young and his family -- the same communities that welcomed him home on Saturday.
"Without them there, I don't know if I could have done it," said Young.
"Very, very blessed. I've watched God's hand just completely turn every situation to good," said Akines.
At Young's homecoming celebration on Saturday, Trinity Mayor Carlton Boyles presented young with a plaque, honoring and recognizing his service.
Young can't move his right leg, from the calf down, or his right hand, but he said that doesn't matter.
"I got all my limbs and I'm healthy," said Young. "I have no regrets. I love serving my country."
"All of us made it back. Five of us got hit. We all lived. And, couldn't ask for anything else."
Young's journey isn't over. He still has to get a brace on his leg and go through a lot of rehab. Then, he'll be medically discharged.
Akines said the whole celebration on Saturday started with just one Facebook post. Then everyone jumped on board to honor her son.
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