It was last April when a local man attracted worldwide attention for his heroics.
Macon, Miss. resident Thomas Hamill escaped from Iraqi militants after being held almost a month in captivity.
Now, almost a year later and back at home, Hamill says he not only has a new book but also a new lease on life.
"I'd do it all over again. For the experience, I wouldn't change anything. It's changed my whole life. I believed in Christ all my life. That's bad, when you're a believer and you don't follow him," Hamill said. "I had some things that angered me. I'm on medication for seizures for the rest of my life. I had my first seizure when I was 15. I wanted to join the Marine Corps and couldn't join the Marine Corps because of that and just went astray. Got wild for a while. I certainly didn't deserve any of this."
Since returning home, Hamill says life has truly changed for him and his family.
Newscenter 11 talked with Hamill about his changed life, his experience in Iraq and his plans for the future.