CAMP MABRY (KXAN) — United States Army Specialist Evan Nelson received his Purple Heart Tuesday during a ceremony at Camp Mabry in Austin.
Nelson was injured during combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2014. He was ground guiding a vehicle when an IED detonated in front of him.
Nelson suffered a concussion but was able to recover and complete his mission overseas.
“It means a lot, and you know, it’s really nice considering what’s going down with Afghanistan and everything, and I just really appreciate everyone taking the time,” he said.
Though Nelson was hurt in combat nearly seven years ago, it took until now and the help of Sen. Ted Cruz’s office to receive the medal.