Paraplegic Vet From Afghanistan War Surprises Wife With First Dance At Wedding Without His Wheelchair

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Sgt. Joey Johnson is a veteran of the Afghanistan War, husband to Michelle Johnson, and a paraplegic who cannot feel anything in his body from his chest down.

After returning from Afghanistan, Sgt. Joey Johnson took to riding his motorcycle as a way to cope with his PTSD, it was a rush he needed in his life.

via ABC News:

Johnson, from Fishers, Indiana, suffered a spinal injury in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 12, 2012, just four months after he met his future wife, Michelle Johnson, at a country music concert.

“We realized that we had the same birthday, June 29, and same last name Johnson,” Michelle Johnson told ABC News. “Joey had just come back from a tour in Afghanistan a few weeks before.”

Johnson had served in Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst, Afghanistan.

“We knew we were meant to be,” she said. “Joey’s parents Ruth and Michael Johnson also have the same birthday, January 14.”

“Our family and I have been through so much, but we all know that Joey is still the same person, funny and loving guy he was before,” she said. “He had to learn a different way of life with him and his chair: from showering, getting dressed and trying to function every day. But we are soul mates.”

Michelle, who has a wedding planning business called Beautiful Occasions by Michelle, said she had no idea what was to come on their big day.

“If you know Joey, he cannot keep a secret. But he made my dreams come true and I never knew how special our day would really be,” she said.

From The Huffington Post:

Without Michelle’s knowledge, Joey’s friends created a special harness for him to wear at the wedding, which made the couple’s first dance to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri possible.

The bride said there was nary a dry eye in the place during the emotional dance.

“Everyone was crying in the room,” she said. “It was so amazing to be eye to eye with him again and such a dream come true.”

My man, pulling out the big guns (secret keeping) when it matters the most. Well played. Now pull out some f*cking tissues because it’s about to get all sorts of dusty up in here:

A touching moment from a man who wanted to give his wife the wedding she’d never forget. Amazing.

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