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Military chaplain awarded with key to city

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – Major Tony Ciomperlik, a U.S. Army Chaplain, who has been on the front lines in Iraq and served in military hospitals, has returned home for good.

Ciomperlik has been ministering to troops at Brooks Army Hospital for the last four years, seeing the devastating toll that war takes.

Friday at the Longview Rotary Club, he was surprised with honors from the community. He was awarded a key to the city and a proclamation.

As a soldier and a Christian, the news of Osama bin Laden's death is complicated.

"Honestly from my heart, I've wrestled with it as well. Little conflicted by it. There is evidence that justice still prevails," says Ciomperlik.

His tours in Iraq were eye-opening but in the end, he let his true emotions come to the surface.

Ciomperlik will now serve as a chaplain for Good Shepherd Medical Center.

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