RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Specialist Robert Warren is a man of few words, so he was very blunt when he described what happened to him in Afghanistan.
"I got blown up," he said.
Warren can even manage a little smile when he succinctly describes the incident that left him seriously injured. His convoy hit an improvised explosive device. The soldier is originally from Arkansas. The attack forced him to return to the U.S. for treatment.
His pregnant wife Brittany joined him in Bethesda where he was recovering. Their baby girl was born there three days before Father's Day. Although it wasn't under the best of circumstances, his family is counting their blessings.
"It was overwhelming," said Brittany. "It was sad but also at the same time it was nice for him to be home for her."
Specialist Warren is still trying to come to terms with his situation.
"I makes me happy, pretty happy as far as I never expected to receive it," he said.
He has at least another six months of recovery time before he will be released from the hospital. He said today, that if he is able he'd like to continue to serve.
The Purple Heart is a high military honor. It is issued in the name of the President and is reserved for those wounded or killed while serving their country.