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Corporal Christian Brown, nicknamed CB, was nearly killed in December 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan. Corporal Christian Brown, nicknamed CB, was nearly killed in December 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan.
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(WMC-TV) - Corporal Christian Brown, nicknamed CB, was nearly killed in December 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan. Both of his legs were amputated and he also suffered injuries to both of his hands and arms.

Cpl. Brown opened up to Action News 5's Andrew Douglas about the terrifying experience.

"When I first got hit, I was actually conscious for the whole thing. I blew eight feet back and was hit by a 28 pound explosive, so it rocked me pretty good," he said. "When I snapped back to it and I realized that no one else was hit and it was me i was actually glad because i had lost a marine previously the week before."

Cpl. Brown remembers being taken to the helicopter before finally falling asleep.

"They chemically induced me for a coma so I wouldn't move because I had so many injuries that needed to set and heal," he explained. "When I woke up it took a while to have the recognitions of life is going to be different. But when I did, I struggled with it. I was in a dark place for a while probably about two to three months it took me to get the strength to get back to the things that I love to do."

He spent a lot of time recovering from his injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland.

"I travel back and forth from here to Walter Reed getting therapy there in Bethesda, Maryland at the naval hospital but from time to time I get to come home, normally short break, three to four days is what I am doing so far," he added.

Even though he was injured so severely in Afghanistan, Cpl. Brown is still thinking about the other soldiers who are coming home from war to face similar challenges.

"Most of the vets that are coming back from this war, they are suffering injuries that are life threatening and with the technology that we have now, medically, a lot of these guys are surviving their injuries now and for them to carry on they have to have things adapted to their new lifestyle," he said.

Cpl. Brown will need things in his daily life to be adapted to his new lifestyle. That is why The Gary Sinise Foundation is partnering with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to put on the concert, which will benefit and honor Cpl. Brown.

The concert will raise money to build Cpl. Brown a "smart home" in Munford that will be completely accessible.

"It is important to stop and pay tribute to those who have sacrificed the most to our country, like Cpl. Christian Brown," said Sinise. "I hope the folks in Memphis will attend the Benefit Concert which will help Chris reclaim his mobility and independence."

Grace Askew from "The Voice" will be opening up for the Lt. Dan Band at Memphis' Cook Convention Center this Friday at 7 p.m.

If you would like to help this local hero, consider attending the show. You can buy tickets by clicking here: http://metrotix.com/r.php?action=event&eventId=5948

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