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Fort Benning Ranger holds book signing at Columbus Barnes and Noble

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A Fort Benning Ranger who lost his leg in Iraq signed autographed copies of his new book at the Columbus Barnes and Noble.

Sergeant First Class Joseph Kapacziewski underwent more than 40 surgeries before his leg was finally amputated. 

His injury happened in October 2005 when his team was ambushed. A grenade exploded inside his stryker vehicle after being tossed through the gunner's hatch.

Instead of accepting a discharge, he returned to his unit in 2008 with a prosthetic limb.

"Hopefully this will motivate and inspire wounded soldiers that are recovering from wounds incurred over seas, and help them through the rehabilitation," Kapacziewski says. "It's not just for military people, but really, anyone in general.  Everyone faces an adversity and a person's true character is seen in how they overcome that adversity."

Kapacziewski is one of only a few amputees who have returned to combat after their injury. He continues to actively serve as a Platoon Sergeant.

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