By Barbara Starr and Jennifer Rizzo
"Hey my man! My man! How you doing? "What's up brother?"
A jumble of voices, emotions, hugs and tears fill the hospital room of Marine Cpl. Christian Brown as fellow Marines from his Bravo Company enter. They haven't seen Brown since December when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan and was evacuated by helicopter under fire.
CNN was given exclusive access to this reunion of the Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines Regimental Combat Team at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.
Some 170 Marines from the company returned from a seven-month tour of duty last month. During the tour, one Marine was killed and 16 Marines were seriously wounded. Capt. Paul Tremblay, the company commander, organized the reunion because he thought it would help his men, and himself, heal from the trauma of seeing so many injured.
Tremblay talked to CNN just after seeing Brown, describing how the tour of duty flashed before his eyes during the emotional reunion.
"From seeing him on the ground injured, to seeing the medevac birds take off, to seeing multiple casualties on this deployment. It all kind of happened walking through that door," he said.
Lance Cpl. Jake Fox lost his leg when he stepped on an IED. In the rehab workout area, he described what it meant to see his buddies again.
"To let them know that I'm OK and I'm being taken care of. Because when you put me on the bird, you don't know if I'm going to die on the helicopter or what's going to happen to me once I get back here. So I think it's great for them to come up here and see me doing well and see me being taken care of," Fox said.
Brown, still bedridden, expressed relief at seeing his fellow Marines again.
"It's good just to see them and know they are OK," he said.
Other Marines standing in the room echoed Brown's statement when asked what it's like to finally reunite.
"It's amazing. I can't describe it. I heard he got hurt and I was down the whole week, the whole time till I got back and got to see him and I can't even express how it feels to see Brown right now," said Cpl. George Godwin.
It's the simple act of seeing a wounded buddy face-to-face. "You hear about them getting hurt but you don't see them again. It's like he disappeared," Lance Cpl. Dustin Phelps said.
But now the men of Bravo are back together.