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03/28/04 - Longview

Family Waits For Soldiers Return

Longview resident Adela Chanderlis can think of nothing else right now except that her son is coming home from Iraq. But 14 year veteran army Staff Sergeant Stanley Chanderlis didn't have to go because of injuries that kept him from being 100 percent.

"He used to be a paratrooper and he hurt himself doing that ... I was so worried that I would never see him again," says Chanderlis.

In a training accident, the sergeant shattered both his knees requiring surgery and had a broken bone in his neck fused... But told his mother he was volunteering.

He spent a year on duty in Iraq in the front lines, and because of his mothers constant worry, the sergeant made an amazing promise to her.

"I promise you I'll do anything to stay alive... That's what he said," she says.

He's become a hero to his older brother who has been paralyzed since childhood.

"I've always wanted to be in the army too," says older brother Angelo.

What his family is most impressed with is that he knew his limitations, and could watch others go in his place. And he's kept his promise to his mother.

"He's my hero, my hero is coming back home," says Adela.

Chanderlis is expected back in Longview on Wednesday.

Bob Hallmark reporting.  

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