The Welcome Home Soldier Group was at it again tonight;
this time at the East Texas Regional Airport in Gregg County.
U.S. Army Specialist Todd McDonald got a hero's welcome
Saturday Night on his return. He served
in the 173rd Air Brigade Combat Team since 2010 in Iraq and Italy. Regina Darby
of Longview was also on hand. WE recently told you about a veterans helping
veterans group she's forming in the East Texas Area. Todd is from Longview and
graduated from Pine Tree High School. He managed to get home for the
"I wasn't expecting it. I've never had a welcome home
like this before. I'm very glad that all these people came down here. It's an
honor. It's very cool, I'm very proud to be here," Todd said.
There was a bonus on this flight, Marine Aviator Travis
Bond was returning home to spend the holiday with his family in Longview. He
tried to scoot past the group, but Welcome Home Soldiers gave him the
recognition he deserved.