After Seven Months Overseas

A local Marine’s dinner with his family was pleasantly interrupted when a motorcade rolled in, welcoming him home from Afghanistan.

A police car and fire truck led dozens of vehicles across town and into the Tommy Nevins parking lot, honoring the return of U.S. Marine Marty Krawiec.

Operation Welcome You Home, an organization that plans homecomings for local servicemen and women, organized the event.

“Knowing that there’s hundreds of people that actually will come out…It’s good to know,” said Krawiec.

The 2003 Neuqua Valley High School alum graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Physical Education before joining the military in 2010.

Krawiec finished boot camp as a Private First Class and began his seven-month deployment as a Lance Corporal.

He hopes to land a job teaching in Colorado, but would be happy re-enlisting into the service as an officer.

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