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6/22/08--Smith County

Soldier Comes Home To Ashes, And Finds Some Comfort

AN UNEXPECTED SIGHT.....

IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.....

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1606 I'm not really known around here, but just to know that these people are supporting me is a great feeling 1614

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SILENTLY THEY STOOD....FEW IN NUMBER....WITH FLAGS WAVING PROUDLY....

AND ONE BY ONE.....THE APPRECIATION WAS RETURNED WITH A HUG.....

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1734 it was a hard, one, because it would not be appropriate for us to be screaming and yelling, welcome home because it's not really a great welcome home for him 1742

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ANNE DELAET WITH WELCOME HOME SOLDIERS SAYS THIS HOMECOMING IS DIFFERENT.....

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1623 we're happy that he's here, we're happy that he's safe, but we know that he is sad 1628

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SGT. RENTERIA WAS IN KILLEEN WHEN THE NEWS FIRST CAME....

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IT WAS EARLIER THIS WEEK WHEN WE SHOWED YOU THIS VIDEO OF HIS HOME....BUILT AS A GIFT FROM HIS FATHER.....COMPLETELY ABLAZE......

NOW....REDUCED TO ASHES.....

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814 it's nice to have a place to call home 816

1235 sometimes my father and I would come and we'd have our little one on ones, man to mans....1239

851 I made a lot of sacrifices to get what I had, and now it's gone 855

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THE SCARS ARE NOT JUST EMOTIONAL.....

BUT PHYSICAL.....LAST WEEK, DAVID HAD SURGERY TO HAVE SKIN CANCER REMOVED FROM HIS FACE AFTER SERVING SEVERAL MONTHS IN IRAQ.

NOW HIS TRAINING HAS A USE OFF THE BATTLEFIELD.....

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1105 Being a soldier we're taught to maintain bearing 1109 you just got to take things with stride 1112 things could be a lot worse at the end of the day 1114 and you gotta keep that in perspective 1116

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BUT HE'S NOT ALONE.....

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[Notes:COVER FIRST PART WITH SHOT OF THE NOTE IN HIS HANDS...THEN HIM READING IT]

1519 Today you have our special prayers for a speedy recovery and a rebuilt home 1524

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2013 We wanted to thank him for his service to our country 2016

2114 his health and the safety of his comrades over in Iraq and Afghanistan....those are his concerns 2122

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1926 I know it's helped him to know that people are behind him and supporting him 1932

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IN SMITH COUNTY, LAYRON LIVINGSTON....KLTV 7 NEWS.

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