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Hometown hero speaks to Glastonbury HS students

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GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

He lost his legs fighting to protect our country, and on this Veterans Day he's finally returned home to Glastonbury.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News first introduced you to Capt. Greg Galeazzi last year while in rehabilitation in Texas. Now he's inspiring students at his old high school.

As he moves across the stage at Glastonbury High School, it's a far cry from when Eyewitness News met him at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

"I'm walking a bit better," he said. "Sweating a lot less than I was the last time."

Galeazzi, a 2003 graduate, returned to the halls he walked just 10 years ago, sharing his life story from his high school memories to his entire military life.

"I was leaving to go fight in a war that had been going on for almost 10 years," he said.

Galeazzi said that day he was leading a mission to check out reports of unstable explosives in Afghanistan.

"My patrol was attacked by insurgents," he said. "An explosion. It resulted in me immediately losing both my legs."

Students in a packed auditorium were holding on to every word he spoke, relating to the hometown hero because, like he said, 10 years ago he was in their shoes.

"Not in a million years would I tell you that I would be standing on prosthetic legs, in front of a class of half-asleep seniors, delivering a speech."

His message was an inspiring one and encouraged students to have courage, value others and be ready for change.

Those words resonated with the young minds.

"He was in these hallways," senior Roman Green said. "Now he's made a huge difference. Anyone can do that."

Galeazzi isn't home just yet. He was transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC, in March. He's still in rehabilitation and said he hopes to enter medical school.

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