Nikki Morrissey talked about hearing the news of the shooting from her husband, and how it was still traumatic even though he survived.
She was living with his mother in Port Charlotte, Fla., and he called them about 48 hours after the shooting.
"It's hard to hear, even though you're hearing it from him and you know he's OK, it's still kind of traumatic," she said.
Nikki Morrissey said she was relieved, but the danger facing her husband hit "closer to home."
"You try to block it out of your mind and not think about it, the danger that they're in, but when they call you and tell you they got shot, it's kind of hard to block it out," she said.
'Maintain my balance'
Morrissey described the shooting incident in detail.
He said he and his fellow soldiers were conducting a 24-hour surveillance shift of a Main Supply Route, or major road, in his unit's operations area.
The soldiers had received a call from their base regarding several Afghans walking on the road after cutting through the concertina wire. Troops had installed the wire along the edges of the road to secure the Main Supply Route.
Morrissey was traveling in an M-ATV, an all-terrain vehicle armored against land mines, with two other soldiers.
They encountered a farmer and two children on the road, which cut through an agricultural region.
Morrissey got out of his vehicle and went up to the man and the children and was speaking with them when their attention suddenly shifted away from him to activity taking place behind him.
The sergeant turned around and spotted an armed insurgent in a nearby vineyard.
"As soon as I spun around, he was 30 meters away from my position and shot me," Morrissey recalled.
He said the impact of the rounds was "like a really quick jab, or a sucker punch to the abdomen."
Morrissey shot back at the insurgent, who was using the mud walls of the vineyard "to his advantage."
He got back to his vehicle, but could not "confirm or deny" if he hit the insurgent; he said the farmer and the children were able to get away safely.
He was not knocked down after being shot.
"I was actually able to maintain my balance throughout the entire exchange [with the insurgent]," Morrissey said.
The sergeant said he traveled back to his base after the shooting, received a new plate and went back out on patrol.
Army medical staff later examined him to ensure he had no internal injuries, and the plate involved in the shooting was taken for testing.
"Within a few days, I was right back down the line with my men and we were able to continue the mission," Morrissey said.
He thanked the staff of PEO Soldier, which conducted a "forensic engineering analysis" of the armor plate, according to a press release.
"It's just a great feeling to know that my equipment works, I'm home safe and I'm now married and have a child on the way," Morrissey said.