Cpl. Todd Love couldn’t believe his eyes when he got off the plane at McCollum Airport in Kennesaw.

Hundreds of people holding American flags surrounded him as they cheered.

One by one, they walked up to give their hero a hug.

Love lost both of his legs and his left arm after an IED exploded while on duty.

He was working as a recon Marine in Afghanistan.

Love joked to a crowd of supporters about his injury saying, “I was up front with the minesweepers searching for explosives and I found them. I guess that’s the easiest way to put it.”

But in all seriousness, Love says he’s not missing anything.

Love’s mother talked with Channel 2’s Rebecca Lindstrom about the day she learned her son was injured and she credits his strength for getting her through. “If it wasn’t for Todd’s attitude and faith I don’t think I would have been able to handle it as well,” Tammy Cox said.

Cox started to cry as she recounted his story, something she hadn’t done in months. But said this time they were tears of joy. “That he’s finally getting to come home, his family’s going to finally get to hug him and tell him that they love him and all these beautiful people here,” she said.

This is Love’s first time home since he was injured.

A pilot from Alabama volunteered to bring Love home as part of the Angel Flight program. He’s been gone almost a year and in hospitals the past six months.

His brother carried him off the plane, but Love has been fitted for prosthetics and started to walk with assistance.