ABC's Dancing With the Stars is slated to feature a double amputee war veteran in its upcoming 20th season, and he is hoping to make his fellow veterans proud.
Noah Galloway, who has become a motivational speaker since returning from the war in Iraq, is one of 12 new celebs competing in the new season of Dancing With the Stars. The vet spoke with FOX411 at the cast announcement on Tuesday, revealing that it hasn't always been easy in the years since returning home.
"In my second tour of duty in Iraq, I was injured and lost my left arm and left leg" while performing an improvised explosive device attack, he said. "When I woke up in the hospital, it was a struggle. It was really tough and that bothered me for the first couple years -- and I became out of shape, drank a lot, and would sit around the house."
However, he soon decided that he needed to turn things around for his children, and landed on the cover of Men's Health in 2014 looking ripped.
Ultimately, Galloway said he has become a positive influence for veterans. After landing the Men's Health cover, he said those in the military were "thanking me for being a positive image of veterans. I didn't see that coming. It touched me. The military is my family. I'm hoping I make them proud on this show."
His Dancing With the Stars partner Sharna Burgess observed, "Yes, he's a double amputee and yes, there are going to be things he can't do, but what he has is an incredible drive and dedication."
Dancing With the Stars season 20 is slated to begin Monday, March 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.