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Published November 03, 2011, 06:27 PM

Brothers of injured solider rally behind him

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Two brothers of a North Dakota soldier injured in Afghanistan say Eric Mewes is a fighter who will recover from that near fatal mine explosion in Afghanistan.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Two brothers of a North Dakota soldier injured in Afghanistan say Eric Mewes is a fighter who will recover from that near fatal mine explosion in Afghanistan. The 27 year-old NDSU graduate grew up near Hope, North Dakota. He is being treated at a military hospital in Germany before he is brought to the states for care.

One thing Eric Mewes has going for him: Family. Big brother Lee and little brother Brian know their brother well.

Lee Mewes – Eric’s Brother: “Best way I could say it, he is the kind of guy that if you tell him that he could not do something he would be ‘Yeah right, watch me.’”

Eric, who studied music at NDSU, is with the active army and deployed out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

Brian Mewes – Eric’s Brother: “Proud as ever of him.”

And Lee Mewes has a unique perspective on news that his brother Eric has been injured while at war. Lee too was in Afghanistan with the North Dakota Guard. Both brothers don't miss a beat when asked about their sibling now recovering from a powerful bomb blast that easily could have taken his life.

Lee Mewes: “He will put his head down and steam roll through it, because he has a stubborn streak like anyone I know.”

Brian Mewes: “He is strong willed he will not let it get him down, he’s too stubborn to do that.”

Mewes has suffered broken legs from that blast. His family says it is grateful for all the concern and care these last few days. The boys say they are just thankful they will have the chance to see their brother alive.

Lee Mewes: “Not the phone call you want to get, but from an older brother's perspective I have never been prouder than anyone in my life and never will.”

One other soldier was injured critically in that 200 pound roadside bomb-blast in Afghanistan.

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