AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - A day after thousands stood in applause for him at NRG Stadium in Houston, A.J. Mungia said he could only describe the feeling as "being on cloud nine."
Mungia, a five-year veteran of the U.S. Army, was severely injured by an IED blast in 2012 during his deployment in Afghanistan. While his recovery process continues even four years later, he's used the time to earn multiple ranks and decorations for his service, including the Purple Heart.
Originally from Hereford, Sergeant Mungia was a guest of honor for the NFL's Houston Texans during the team's game Sunday afternoon. Mungia was given a special game ball and select seats as part of the team's partnership with Heroes Sports, a nonprofit dedicated to helping combat veterans.
"Everyone kept thanking me," Mungia said. "They shouted my name to take pictures. (The experience) was fun."