1st Lt. Jason Pak lost his legs in Afghanistan on Dec. 12 after stepping on an IED. Over the past few months he was forced to undergo multiple surgeries in Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. But when it came time for the retirement ceremony for his father, Col. Y.T. Pak, on Tuesday, he found the strength to stand on a brand new pair of prosthetic limbs.
“I will never forget that day. I just wanted him to stay alive,” his father told KITV in Honolulu at the Asian Pacific Center for Security Studies.
“I know that we have to do this. Defending freedom is not free. Everybody has to sacrifice. We as a family are stronger because of this,” said Col. Pak.
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