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RINGGOLD, GA (WRCB) - A north Georgia community comes together to honor a local hero.

Sgt. Jason Smith lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

He recently learned he will receive a home from a local group called Steps 2 Hope. It will be built to meet his physical challenges.

Folks from the Ringgold community gave donations Friday night to help fund the build and learn more about Jason's New Journey.

It's a homecoming a decade in the making, Smith steps on the campus of Ringgold High School for the first time since graduating in 2004.

“I've been gone for about 10 years and now I've come back and everyone is so nice and generous,” he said.

He's accomplished a lot by joining the Army, fighting in war and meeting the girl of his dreams. He also nearly lost his life.

“There's someone out there that has it worse than me and you have to live by that,” he added.

The scars on his arms and prosthetic legs are reminders of the sacrifice Smith made for his country. The school recognized that at Friday night's home football game.

“It's not owed to me, I know that. It's an honor. I'm taking it in slowly,” he said.

Smith isn't letting his physical challenges slow him down and wants that message to serve as inspiration.

“I feel, if I can do it anyone can do it. I'm a pretty active person. All you have to do is try, just get out there and do it,” he said.

As if a new home isn't exciting enough, Smith tells Channel 3 he and his fiancée are expecting a child next month.
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