QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – A ceremony at a Glens Falls VFW was held on Wednesday to honor a Queensbury veteran receiving a Purple Heart.
It's a honored military tradition, only given to those soldiers who have been killed or wounded in combat.
Former U.S. Army Sergeant Jason Bradway received his Purple Heart for his service and valor to this country. A family man with two small children, Bradway seems to take his injuries in stride, still honored to have served his country.
"If you would ask me again today if I would do it again, I would. Regardless of what's happened to me,” said Bradway.
Bradway was a combat engineer, it was his job to find combat IEDs. On December 7, 2010 an IED blast left him returning home with his life, but also a long road to recovery ahead.
"I didn’t expect my life at 30, 32 to be focusing on doctors’ appointments and just trying to be able to walk,” he said.
Bradway says that every day since has been a struggle. However, with a wife, who has injuries of her own and two small boys to feed, giving up has never been an option for the Bradway family.
“He is their hero, there is no doubt in my mind,” said Bradway’s wife, Amy.
It's that kind of resilience that brought out the community to this Glens Falls VFW to watch Bradway receive one of the oldest military traditions on the books, dating back to General George Washington.
U.S. Representative Bill Owens was in attendance.
“It's simply a thanks, and hope that as you move on in your life that it is as successful as it is to date,” said Owens.
Though receiving a Purple Heart wasn’t something Bradway says you should ever shoot for, he says he is grateful for the honor and even more grateful to be able to stand with his family, as he does.
"Without family it would be a rough road, but they make it a little bit easier,” he said.
Representative Owen says it took his office five months to get the Purple Heart available for the ceremony. He also said that more honors are in the works for a man who fought and sacrificed so much for our country.