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PHOENIX -

Soldiers serving in war zones know all too well the kinds of injuries caused by these explosions. A former army medic says the images from Boston triggered some very tough memories.

Private First Class Brian Mancini served 2 tours of duty in Iraq. He's now retired and says watching the coverage from Boston wasn't easy.

He was injured during an IED explosion in Iraq back in 2007. Private First Class Brian Mancini says there are graphic moments he still remembers.

"It just put me right back in that spot," says PFC Brian Mancini. "I remember getting hit I remember having to pull the teeth and blood out of my to breathe I remember pulling my sunglasses away from my face and having skin basically attached to the lens and having to pull that away."

He served as a medic in the army for more than a decade. The injuries he saw from Boston were very familiar.

"For a moment you get stuck in that memory, your senses get overwhelmed they're so vivid they're so real that your mind starts seeing what you saw in that traumatic event."

He says that the road some of the injured have ahead of them will be very difficult.

He spent four years at Walter Reed Hospital and underwent 20 surgeries to reconstruct his face.

Yet the physical wounds were easier to recover from than the emotional.

"It's a long road a long road of healing. You have two things you can do with it. You can get angry and bitter and crawl into a hole and hide and what you'll find is more anger and more pain or you can find some sense of purpose in it all."

And Mancini says he found his purpose in helping other wounded soldiers. He started a non-profit group called "The Honor House" to help them transition from the battlefield to the home front.

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