A Soldier's Story

By: Chris Brennaman
By: Chris Brennaman

More than a year after being injured in Iraq, a local soldier is preparing for life after the military.

Kortney Clemons has learned to take his first steps, again. Clemons injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The blast took his right leg and left 20 staples in other leg. Despite his injury, Clemons did not let it keep him down.

"He had that motivating attitude that 'this is not going to stop me.' The second day he was trying to get up out of the bed. They told him 'no, no, you're pushing it too much,'" said Clemons' mother Lois. "And he had the attitude of 'God blessed me to survive the blast.'"

And Kortney used that positive attitude to motivate other injured soldiers. Kortney's brother Maurice says that the positive attitude that his baby brother has kept is a testament to their raising.

"They were great parents," said Maurice. "I couldn't have no better parents than them."

Kortney has enrolled at Penn State University and is currently training to compete in the Paralympics. He will be competing in running and weightlifting events. His dad says that he has lofty goals for his athletic career, a career has already landed him on the cover of a magazine.

"He said 'dad, I'm not getting in this to win. I'm getting in the Paralympics to set records, not just to win,'" said Clemons' father Mitch. "That was great, so I told him 'you can do it. There ain't nothing out there to stop you.'"

Kortney will be traveling to South Korea in May to participate on the World USA Powerlifting Team.

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