ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Msgt. Joe DesLauriers will never forget his service overseas and the wounds he got from them.
"There's almost a grieving period," he said. "You have to get over it and grieve the loss of your limbs and previous life and move on in the next chapter of your life, as an amputee- triple amputee."
On September 23, 2011, Joe was on his fourth deployment in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED. He lost both legs and most of his arm. He and his wife Lisa spent their first anniversary as husband and wife at Walter Reed National Medical Center, and welcomed their first son Cameron shortly thereafter.
"I had a lot of people praying for me while I was deployed and after, so I am lucky because many people with my injuries have not survived," said the Purple Heart and Silver star recipient.
Joe also will not forget his fellow servicemen and women.
According to the Wounded Warrior Project, for every soldier killed in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedoms, seven are wounded.
He is learning to adjust to a new normal with the help of the Easter Seals. Through a respite child development program, military families like the DesLauriers have been able to drop Cameron off to take time off and enjoy the small things like going to the movies.
"It's been much healthier for the relationship," explained Lisa. "It's not just the movie, it's the whole experience. Just having a conversation without a daiper needing changing."
They're honoring the fallen this Memorial Day, and say they look forward to their next outing.