A dozen years after he was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro was on the verge Saturday of completing a final, unbelievable stage of his comeback.

After miraculously surviving third-degree burns over 80% of his body, Del Toro has returned to his feet, his family and his job in uniform. Now, the first airman to return to duty after being deemed 100% disabled was looking to return to Earth — by parachute.