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A Christmas gift of honor

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CHOUDRANT, La. (KNOE 8 News)-This year James Sanders sees dozens of gifts under his family tree but finds himself going back to the wrapping paper from a gift he received last year.

"It was wrapped and I opened it up and even though I kind of knew it was coming because he had told my wife ahead of time it was shock" says Sanders.

The gift, his twenty two year old son's purple heart.

"He said well dad I want to give you my purple heart because you helped save us that day" says Sanders.

His son, Tim Sanders, is a paratrooper for the U.S. Army.  While in Afghanistan he stepped on a I.E.D. and suffered a traumatic brain injury but refused to give up.  That earned him a purple heart.

The purple heart is the highest military honor for those severely wounded in the line of duty.

And although his father cant be there to protect him, he knows someone is.

"And you just have to turn him over to god and his heavenly father and hope God will watch over and protect him and bring him back home" says Sanders.

And back home he is for the holiday but no gift will compare to last years.

"It really meant a lot to me to get that present and I don't know what I will get this year but nothing will be better than that" says Sanders.


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