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Michiana soldier welcomed home from Afghanistan

Michiana soldier welcomed home from Afghanistan

It was quite the welcome home for a Michiana soldier Wednesday at the South Bend airport.

The Indiana Patriot Guard joined family members of Army Specialist Brett Fletcher to show their support for those who have served our country.

Motorcycles revved up as Army Specialist Brett Fletcher walked out of the South Bend Airport.  They were driven by the Indiana Patriot Guard who they then escorted him and his family all the way home.  But not before welcoming him as he stepped off the plane.

The patriot guard lined the hall of the airport holding American Flags, at the end of the line stood Fletcher's family holding signs, flags, and balloons.  It's a homecoming Fletcher wasn't expecting.  "It feels great," said Fletcher,  "got a little choked up from everything.  I didn't expect quite the crowd and all the flags and everything."

But it's a homecoming he's been waiting for for over a year.  "When you finally get home and I get to put my arms around my mom and dad ya know, I miss them a lot so it really is great being able to see them again, being able to be home safe."

Mom and Dad have been counting down the days too.  They said it's been 314 to be exact since they've seen their son.  And they've worried about him during each and every one.  "Because of Facebook and the instant media anytime there's an incident over there you hear of casualties and someone hurt you're always kind of waiting til you hear from them next time," said Jeff Fletcher.

So this day the most exciting thing was being able to hug their son.

This was Specialist Fletcher's first deployment.  He also has a brother who is in the military and has been through two deployments.  His brother is currently still stationed overseas so the whole family isn't back together yet.  In fact, Specialist Fletcher says it's been about three years since he's seen his brother.

The Indiana Patriot Guard wasn't the only organization at the welcome home, the Blue Star Mother's were also there.  Specialist Fletcher said those groups did so much for him and his fellow soldiers while he was overseas, so he was happy to finally be able to thank them in person.

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