APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Adam Alexander has overcome a lot since being shot in the head by a sniper while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.
We were there for Adam's recovery in Minneapolis. It took nearly a year of rehabilitation before he'd start getting back to a normal life.
Adam's mission now is to share his story to inspire others.
Standing between the same flags he served so proudly as a US Army Staff Sergeant, Alexander hopes sharing his story at Appleton East High School Friday helps students find strength.
"They're struggling with things that they don't know if they can conquer and maybe if I tell them my story then it'll inspire them to get through them," he said.
Adam talked about his mission overseas, and how things changed when a sniper's bullet shattered a major portion of his skull.
Adam told students how hard it was to overcome the biggest challenge of his life, and how easy it would have been to quit while choosing not to.
"I think that if he can go through all this and still come out strong, maybe I can as well," said sophomore Ian Ottone.
"Makes me think that being sore after a day of track really isn't that big of a deal and it helps me get through it," said junior Abby Laumer.
"It was really eye-opening to see that someone can go through all of that trauma and still be able to look forward to things in life," said junior Margaret Kitten.
Adam says he doesn't regret his time in Afghanistan, and feels love for the Afghan people. Junior Max Mindorff found that to be a powerful message.
"There can still be a lot of good in the world even though there's so much bad going on," she said.
Adam is dedicated now to giving back. He says that's just who he is. He's a man strong in his faith. Jorge Rodas asked Adam, "Why do you think God kept you alive?"
Adam responded, "There's several theories - some are that even hell didn't want me. I don't know - I guess God has got other plans for me. I'm anxious to find out what they are."