COVINA (CBSLA.com) — A United States Army specialist is speaking out for the first time since he was brutally attacked outside a bar in Washington state, leaving him on a long road to recovery.

After specialist Korry McClanahan, who was stationed in Tacoma, was attacked by several men outside a bar, he suffered brain injury that was so severe, doctors had to remove parts of his brain and skull.

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McClanahan’s mother was told her son may never walk or talk again.

“I’m just so grateful that I have my son,” Lisa Senecal said.

However, through will to recover, McClanahan, who now has a partial prosthetic skull, was able to walk, and is currently undergoing physical therapy.

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“I’m just trying to get back to my normal self,” McClanahan said. “I can’t really remember what I used to do.”

While Korry says he is unable to remember the attack, he says he feels no anger with the men suspected of changing his life. Rather, he is focused on returning to work with the military and his soldiers overseas.

“I’m more worried about them, and their safety and their health, and them getting home and being with family,” McClanahan said.

Senecal, meanwhile says that she is upset that charges have yet to be filed in her son’s case, despite arrests having been made in June.

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“Those people or persons should be locked up,” Senecal said. “They should be in jail.”