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Wounded Warrior to see brother play in Iron Bowl

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(KATV) LiTTLE ROCK - A wounded warrior who is just 20 years old received an early Christmas gift Friday and it involves a top recruit from Arkansas. Jamarcus Woods is a Private First Class from Little Rock. During his first deployment to Afghanistan, he was seriously injured.

Instead of going to college on scholarships, Jamarcus Woods enlisted in the Army when he was 17. It is a decision he is very proud of. He still has a lot of physical therapy to go through, but you would never know the pain he is in because he lights up the room with his smile and jokes.

Jamarcus spent three months in Afghanistan. He says it is all the time he needed to be humbled. "It is so poor over there. Constantly at war, it's bad. I am very grateful that we can protect and serve the United States."

On September 3rd, while on an assignment, an IED reportedly ripped through his vehicle. "I can't tell you what happened because I was out." He only knows what fellow soldiers later told him. "It was over like 1200 pounds of explosives and they said the vehicle caught on fire. Then it rolled down the hill and they said I was under the truck in a pool of oil."

Jamarcus has a broken leg. He suffered burns to his legs, arms and hands. In October, he was one of six men who received the Purple Heart. "I am just glad I am still here and I am able to see another day."

Jamarcus hasn't seen his little brother in two years. Altee Tenpenny is a freshman running back for the University of Alabama.

Jamarcus' commander wrote the non-profit Tide for Troops to request Iron Bowl game tickets. Southwest Airlines stepped up to provide the round trip. "I am happy this happened so the whole family can be there. I am very thankful and grateful it was all set up."