Michael Owen was nearly killed last month while serving his country. After weeks of grueling therapy in a Texas hospital, however, he was given the chance to come home just in time for Christmas.
"This is just the best Christmas gift you can get as a family," said Jeff Miller, Owen's stepfather.
"I'm excited. We all get to be together," said Kate Killough, Owen's sister-in-law.
Michael Owen, 24, and a Northwest High School graduate, wasn't supposed to be home this Christmas. A mission right before Thanksgiving changed everything after an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle. It severed his femoral artery and nearly killed him.
"I was laying on the stretcher before the helicopter got there," Owens said Thursday. "The only thing that was running through my mind was my two daughters and if I was going to see my wife again and my family."
Owen has spent every day since in San Antonio going through painful therapy. He has pins in his hands and deep shrapnel wounds on his legs. His mother Laurie has taken weeks off work to be with her son.
"You just want to take care of your kids and your family and that's what I got to do," she said. "I feel lucky to do that."
Owen faces up to six more months of therapy, but that didn't stop him from spending Christmas with his family, including his wife and little girls.
"We got our son and our whole family home," said Jeff.
While Owen said he's thankful to be with his family. His thoughts now turn to his friends and fellow soldiers still serving in the war.
"I think everybody that serves their country is a hero. There are a lot of people that have given more than I have," said Owen.
Michael said he hopes to spend at least another week with his family before returning to Texas to continue his therapy.