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Spokane veteran speaks after Pride attack

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A disabled veteran is back home after being brutally attacked while celebrating Pride two weeks ago.

Jackson Lawless spent that time in the hospital, only waking up from his coma a few days earlier.

“I remember just waking up in Sacred Heart and them telling me I had six brain bleeds,” he says.

Police found Lawless outside of Lucky’s Irish Pub, unconscious. Earlier that day though, Lawless was celebrating at Spokane’s Pride Parade.

“I just felt like the city totally embraced us so I was happy to go out and I never would've thought this would've happened,” he says.

But Lawless is encouraged by his friends and family. He says they’re helping out with medical costs and his recovery.

“I just felt like they rallied around me. You know? And so that's why I'm in a good mood about it,” he says.

And he hopes others can remain positive too.

“Anytime something bad happens to you it's easy to focus on the negative but there's a lot of very small positives out there and if you latch on to those you'll feel a whole lot better,” he says.

Lawless does have a long road to recovery. Doctors told him he has about five more months before his brain is fully healed.

If you want to help Jackson, you can go here: https://www.gofundme.com/2a6ru92w

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