Retired Army Special Operations combat veteran Brian Mast has announced he's running for U.S. Congress.

Mast, who served in the Army for twelve years and lost both his legs to an IED blast while serving as a bomb disposal expert in Afghanistan, explained on "Fox and Friends" why he's seeking the Republican nomination in Florida’s 18th congressional district.

"When I think about serving in Congress, it’s for one very specific reason," Mast said. "I learned in combat and serving alongside great soldiers to my left and right that there’s only one way to serve this country. And that’s without regard for the personal consequence or without regard for person gain."

"And I want to go to D.C. and inspire that in everyone that’s up there, because that’s what my brothers do on the battlefield."

The seat will be vacated by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), who has announced he will run for Marco Rubio's Senate seat. 

Watch the "Fox and Friends" interview above and learn more about Mast in his campaign announcement below.

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