SAN ANTONIO -

Three soldiers received the Purple Heart Monday at Brooke Army Medical Center, where each of them is recovering from severe injuries sustained in combat.

Specialist Marcus Carr, 28, from Utah, was on patrol in Afghanistan July 16, 2011, when his vehicle hit and IED.

Carr broke his legs, pelvis, back and arm, lost his spleen and part of his pancreas, and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

"I thank God for being here,” said Carr. “Doctors say I shouldn’t have been here, and I’m here."

Specialist Christopher Delaney, 19, from Louisiana, and 20-year-old Private First Class Ryan Thomas, of Oklahoma, were also wounded by IEDs in Afhghanistan.

As each received the Purple Heart, they thanked their families supporting them through extraordinarily tough times.

“They’ve been through everything I’ve been through in a year and a half recovery,” Carr said. “It’s been a long road."

“For all of my brothers out there, my brothers in arms, keep your heads up and keep up the good work," said Thomas.