“I didn't even recognize myself.”

In June 2008, Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal was driving back from a mission in Afghanistan when his truck hit a roadside bomb.

Anthony suffered third-degree burns over most of his body. His right arm and the fingers on his left hand had to be amputated.

Anthony was 22 at the time, and newlywed to Jessica who was just 21.

When the couple sat down for StoryCorps, Anthony remembered the moments just after the explosion.

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Anthony and Jessica are now attending college together.

Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
Music Info: "Photosphere" by Charles Atlas from the album To the Dust: From Man You Came and To Man You Shall Return
Produced by Yasmina Guerda
Facilitated by Chaela Herridge-Meyer
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