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8/10/07-Flint

Soldier Comes Home For A Little R&R

A second generation soldier serving our country in Iraq, for almost a year comes home for a little "R and R." Thankful to be back, Private First Class Kris Britt of Flint arrived in East Texas Thursday, but he says Iraq is not as bad as you may think. Friday, he told KLTV 7 what things are like as a soldier half-way around the world.

A hero's welcome as Private First Class Kris Britt makes his way home after serving overseas for nearly a year.

"When he came in it was like 'oh there he is! there he is!' we were running and jumping into his arms and stuff and we were all excited," says Kris' mom, Sue Britt.

Kris says he knew what he was getting into when he signed up for the military almost four years ago, but he just wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps.

"Hearing all the cool stories he had, all the places that he went like going to London, Arizona and all those places," Kris explains.

"That's what he wanted to do and being from a military family, I'm a 100 percent behind the military if that's what he wanted to do, and be willing to take that, then I was not going to hold him back," his mom says.

Kris says at first he was scared.

"I'm expecting to see tents and craters, being mortared the first day I get there and I get there and it's just like 'whoa, this is different than what we expected and seen on TV,'" Kris says.

Kris adds despite what some may see on TV, he believes the Iraqis are good people who want the freedom soldiers like him bring.

"You could see the children running around their little area, waving and blowing kisses at us and we sat there and waved and blew kisses back, you can see their faces just light up."

Kris says he wouldn't change a thing, serving in Iraq. In fact, he says he plans on pursuing a military career, hopefully one day, becoming a colonel in the jag core. 

"I do what I do because I love what I do, defending the country."

Kris Britt leaves for Iraq in about two weeks.  In October his entire unit, based out of Kilgore, will be coming home, done with their one year term. A side note here, Kris' brother plans on serving in the Marines when he's done with high school.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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