Updated: 12/17/2013 10:54 PM
Created: 12/17/2013 9:01 PM KAALtv.com
By: John Doetkott
(ABC 6 News) -- A local marine received a special honor in Austin on Tuesday for his continued service to his community despite sustaining significant injuries in the line of duty.
Cpl. Dan Stewart thought he was just going for a casual lunch when he was surprised by an old friend with a special gift.
Friend and fellow veteran Mike Duncan presented Cpl. Stewart with a gold medallion, given to select veterans by the Tee It Up For The Troops organization, in recognition of Cpl. Stewart's commitment to both his country and his community.
"I'm always very proud to be presented with something of great honor even though I'm just being me and doing what I love to do,” Cpl. Stewart said.
Cpl. Stewart was seriously injured by a roadside bomb during his third tour to the middle east, and spent more than a year in the hospital recovering, but has since returned to Austin where he volunteers regularly throughout the city.
“He makes me proud to be a vet,” Mike Duncan said. "The recovery and how he's given back to the community here in Austin, working with the Catholic church and doing all of the things that he's doing right now, how can you not honor a man like this?”
Cpl. Stewart said he was both surprised and humbled by the recognition.
"It just feels so great to be honored with something like this just for doing what I was pretty much born to do,” Cpl. Stewart said. “Just help people, and help myself, and help the community."
If you'd like to learn more about Tee It Up For The Troops, which hosts a large golf tournament in Rochester every year, you can find more info by clicking on the following link: http://www.teeitup.info/