Marine Cpl. Eddie Wright remembers April 7, 2004, as if it was yesterday.

While serving in the military in Iraq, the SUV Wright was traveling in came under heavy enemy fire and was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. The explosion injured Wright, causing him to lose both of his forearms, hands and injured his legs.

But as the unit continued to come under attack, the injured Conroe resident still instructed his fellow Marines where the machine gun block was and how to get out of the area safely.

Things happen for a reason. It is unfortunate I lost my hands overseas in combat, but if I was given the chance to change the outcome of that day, I do not think I would. The experience has opened a lot of doors for me and I would not be who I am if it were not for being injured, Wright said.

Wright was one of the special guest speakers at the Kingwood Tea Partys Oct. 27 meeting where the group took the time to recognize the military and honor those who are currently serving, served and who lost their lives serving in the military.

Wright is a Homes for Troops recipient. Homes for Troops is a nonprofit that builds specially adapted homes for injured veterans.

The Marine is originally from Illinois, but he liked the generosity of people from Texas and married his wife, Cody, who is also from Texas, so he decided to stay.

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe introduced Wright to the Kingwood Tea Party group and read aloud what was written in the citation Wright received when he was awarded his bronze star.

In the citation, Poe read that Wright was the epitome of composure, and understanding the severity of his own injuries, he calmly instructed others on how to remove the radio, call for support and render first aid.

It is an honor to be with the Kingwood Tea Party, Poe and others who still support the military. Ever since I was kid, I wanted to be a Marine, so I read a lot of books on Marines and it was something I had always wanted, Wright said.

One thing the Marine Corps taught me is when things get rough and you have obstacles in front of you, do not give yourself the option to quit.

In addition to Wright, one of the founders of the Blue Star Moms - Houston, Terrie Bauer, echoed Wrights sentiments and talked about her own son who served in the military and how important it is to support those who are serving.

I wanted to share the perspective of a military family. When we kiss our loved ones goodbye it could be the last time, but we all stay positive. I started Blue Star Moms in the Houston area in 2004 with two other moms since we felt desperately left out of everything, Bauer said.

Before their first meeting, the three mothers placed signs in front of Alspaughs Ace Hardware to notify other moms whose sons or daughters were serving in the military of the meeting and let them know there was a support group for them.

Bauer and the other two moms were completely surprised when more than 50 mothers showed up to join the group.

We have grown since then and now have 200 members from around the Houston area. We started two other chapters and the Gold Star Mothers, who have lost their child in combat, Bauer explained.

The Blue Star Moms - Houston welcomes any mom who has a child serving in the military overseas. The group acts as a support group for each other while their children are away.