Welcome Home

Dozens gathered to welcome home U.S. Army Specialist Kyle Drew.

Operation Welcome You Home volunteers gathered to form a motorcade to surprise the young soldier at his home and bring him to a party in his honor.

“It was definitely overwhelming,” says Drew. “But, it’s nice to know people in the community care.”

Specialist Drew was honored with gifts and awards from people all over Naperville.

His mother, Lisa, reached out to Operation Welcome You Home, a local non-profit that provides respectful, thoughtful, uplifting and joyous homecomings for all returning warriors and their families.

“The ride here was amazing and it showed my son what he did was a unique and wonderful thing, and people are thankful for that,” says Drew’s mother.

Drew is a 2009 graduate of Naperville Central High School.

He is still in the process of deciding whether he will leave the Army or re-enlist. If he does join again he says he would like to fly helicopters.

“I spent a lot of time in helicopters and got a lot of support from them. It sparked something good,” says Drew.

Drew will return to Fort Lewis Army Base in Washington to finish out the rest of his contract.

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