Army Sgt. James Hackemer Laid To Rest

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM EDT

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Army Sgt. James Hackemer Laid To Rest

August 15, 2011 Updated Aug 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM EDT

( WKBW ) Army Sergeant James Hackemer was laid to rest with full military honors Monday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

29 year old Army Sgt. James Hackemer of Gowanda was thrown from the "Ride Of Steel" roller coaster on Friday July 8th.

A Department of Veterans Affairs government website told Hackerman's story.

In March of 2008, Sergeant James Hackemer was three months into his second Iraq tour when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. The attack inflicted tremendous injuries on him, including the loss of both legs and a traumatic brain injury. He suffered a stroke during his initial medical treatment and spent more than a month in a coma.

James has had a long, tough recovery. His injuries required him to learn to eat again, speak again, and write again. He explains that learning to walk again on new prosthetic legs has been his greatest challenge. But with his family's support, and his numerous treatments and therapies, he is progressing.

Former Channel 7 reporter Julie Fine reported on Army Sgt. Hackemer, and his family, at that time.

James' advice to anyone going through a similar situation... "Hang on. You can make it. It can be hard, but you get out of it what you put in."