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East Texas soldier finally home for good

24 year old Kolby Kelley of Lindale arrived home in East Texas last night. Today, KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley got a chance to talk to the solider about his experience in the war and she talks to his family, thankful to have him home.

For specialist Kolby Kelley, there's no place like his Lindale home.

"It's been a very long road coming with lots of obstacles in the way but I'm glad to be home," said Kelly today.

During Kelley's three tours in Iraq, he served in the military police branch.

"Our company's mission was to train and supervise Iraqi Police, as well as to combat patrols of their district," said Kelley.

Kelley says he was one of the lucky soldier who made it back home, with the help of his fellow soldiers.

"It comes down to having trust and faith to the person to the left and right of you wherever you're at," said Kelley. "If you can't work well with others then you're not going to make it..the military is not hard but it's not easy. "

While Spc. Kelley was over in Iraq, his younger sister Brittney was waiting at home, with open arms. 

"Ever since he joined the military we've grew closer to each other and getting to see my brother get off the plane, I just wanted to jump up with joy," said Brittney. "I brag about him 24/7. I have no shame telling anybody about him because my brother is a hero."

A hero that's made it back home to East Texas.

"You always have to take that chance you know what if he doesn't come back..what if he doesn't make it? We still kept strong and we always just thought he's ok...he's ok, he's a Kelley, he'll be ok."

Okay, and doing well at home with his family.

Specialist Kelley says he likes protecting people so much that he now wants to be a police officer.

In a couple of weeks he will enroll in the TJC Police Academy and plans on becoming a Tyler police officer.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com  

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