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A wounded soldier with ties to central Wisconsin is honored

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A soldier wounded overseas is honored for his bravery. His mother in central Wisconsin is sharing his story.

"It was scary, very scary, it's something that any mother would want not ever want to hear," said Jane Singstock.

Singstock is talking about her son Matthew Spang. He served as a combat engineer in the army for several years.

In August 2011 Spang was sent to Afghanistan. That November, an IED blast there left him with several injuries and a concussion.

"He was injured by a bomb which left him with a concussion and bruised up really bad and than he went back into all of his duties," said Singstock.

Singstock tells us her son wanted to continue fighting for his country.

"My first mindset was to recover as fast as I can and get back out there," said Army Specialist Matthew Spang.

After healing from his injuries, Spang went back to Afghanistan, but a month later he was hit with another bomb.

"He was injured by his vehicle that's when he was sent to the hospital not knowing his injuries and thinking that his legs would be able to be saved but in the end they weren't," said Singstock.

But that sacrifice earned him top military honors, two purple hearts.

"I try not to cry, I think I did a good job," said Spang.

This week, he received another award. It doesn't bring back his legs, But Singstock says it helps them all overcome the pain of the past and look ahead to the future.

"Every time I see him I'm just so thankful that he's still alive," said Singstock.

Specialist Spang is on the road to recovery. His mother says he uses prosthetic legs, but you'd never know it.

"Have him shown me that part of how strong he is, he's brought all that out in me," she said.

Singstock says her son will finish with therapy on his legs in about a month

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