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Soldier Returns Home After Mission Of War and Mercy

It could be any airport in Anytown, USA on an average Wednesday morning.

For Eric Bobbitt, his family, father, and mother.  Today's the day this soldier comes home.   It's a day no one will ever forget.

"I was just so thankful that he was able to come home," says mother Tina Bobbitt.

He's back after six months deployed as a combat engineer.  First, he worked to help tsunami victims in Asia. Then as an explosives expert, going house to house in Iraq, he worked to root out the enemy.

"It was really great experience. It was scary for some reasons, but I'm just glad to be home alive and safe," Eric, a Lance Corporal, says.

The e-mails from Eric were always short in length and short on specifics. That is torture to a mother.

"I have waited for this day for six months. It finally came. I don't know how to describe it, except thank God he's home," Tina says.

Now at home for a month, he doesn't have a long list of things to do.

"Hunting, fishing, and relaxing," he says.

And reflecting on the months in combat. Eric says while fighting was his job, he met many who were thankful he was there.

"I thought it was neat how the majority of the population really appreciate the Americans and what we are doing," he says.

Whether he'll go back to Iraq isn't certain yet.  Just in case he might be redeployed, he wants every moment to count.

"Realize that we take a lot for granted and you don't know what you'll miss until it's gone."

Eric will head to Camp Pendleton, Calif. in a month for additional training. 

Reported by Morgan Palmer. morganpalmer@kltv.com

 

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