BEXAR COUNTY, Texas -- On a cold November day, KENS 5 caught up with veteran Juan Arredondo at the Lone Star Shooting Range in Converse.
It's what Juan calls a perfect day, but this was no ordinary outing for the medically retired soldier and his fellow gun enthusiasts.
They're wounded warriors, and Juan is helping get back in the game.
"I'm trying to get them to understand that they can still do these things, " said Arredondo.
Juan said he knows all too well the struggle of losing limb. In 2005, an IED hit Juan's patrol vehicle during his first and only tour in Iraq. Juan's arm was blown off, and he almost lost both legs and his other arm.
"I looked up and saw that my hand was still on the steering wheel. Before they got me out of the vehicle, I was able to grab it and tuck it away," he said.
Juan woke up in a hospital in Germany, and the realization that he lost his arm hit him.
"I went into a deep depression. I didn't know what was going to happen. I couldn't feed myself. I couldn't do anything."
Juan said he found strength in other wounded warriors, amputees that gave him sage advice.
"They told me, it's not your life. You're still here. It could be worse."
Juan said outings such as rock climbing and kayaking organized by the Wounded Warrior Project also pulled him through dark times.
After months of physical therapy, Juan's spirits started to lift. He wanted to help others with similar injuries. Juan now works with the Wounded Warriors Project helping to organize sports outings.
"My mission is to try and be that mentor, to get them out of the hospital and get them involved," he said.