COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - When one soldier who has been serving with the 218th finally arrives home. He will get to know his son in an entirely new way.
That's because a handicap the family has learned to live with is now a thing of the past.
The walk to get his Governor's Citizenship Award was only about 20 feet, but is was the biggest walk of Kevin Adams' life.
Adams was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that limits his ability. He still relies on a wheelchair for much of his mobility.
The twenty or so feet it took to get from his wheelchair to the podium took years of hard work and dedication through years of physical therapy.
"His dreams have now become his goals, and now it's just a matter of obtaining them within a reasonable period of time," says Kevin's mom, Geneva Adams.
When Kevin took those steps, hundreds of his fellow students from all across the state were in the crowd, all recipients of the Governor's Citizenship Award.
And, in a manner of speaking, Kevin's dad, currently stationed in Afghanistan with the 218th, was also there.
"It was a great honor to give my dad this broadcast. He hasn't seen me walk in a while so it was a great opportunity," Kevin said.
The major witnessed the ceremony via the Internet, courtesy of a program at Fort Jackson that connects deployed soldiers with their families.
The view from his computer was Major Adams' first glimpse of his son's new-found ability.
"I was excited and very happy. I was a little excited and nervous, but I had a great time," Kevin told WIS News 10.
After the ceremony, Kevin took a few minutes to check out the gear that put him in touch with his on the other side of the planet.
When Major Adams gets back to the states, he'll see his son do things he's never seen before.
"I'm gonna walk up to him and give him a big hug," says Kevin.
After seeing his son take those steps, Major Victor Adams sent this statement: "I want to thank everyone for this opportunity. Bless you all. I'm so proud of Kevin."
Reported by Drew Stewart