Exactly one week ago, the names of five fallen soldiers were posted to the granite wall at the Lubbock Veterans War Memorial. Two of the men were buried the day before and now one week later, we are happy to report some good news. A Lubbock soldier is home alive and well.
"I missed my wife and my family and Texas Tech football games, that's for sure," said Martin Young.
Young spent the last 5 months serving with the Air Force in Iraq.
"We had a couple of big structural fires while we were down there, but our main goal was to take care of the air field," Young said.
Young is an Air Force firefighter so he not only protected his fellow airmen but also the air base in an environment where temperatures often approached 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Young says conditions like that make you miss the little things.
"It's the little things that you miss that people take for granted like toilet paper or paper towels. And my dogs. I miss my dogs, they're like my kids," said Young.
You may remember the name Young. It was less than two months ago when another Young brother came home.
"What I did over there I'm very proud of but you want to know that you can make it home safe," said Michael Young.
Martin's older brother Michael also serves in the Air Force.
"I'm just so excited to have both of them here, they're my heart. I adore them. And I'm just probably the happiest person in the world right now," said Pat Young, Martin and Michael's mom.
Martin Young will be home for about year before he goes back to serve. And that's a bitter sweet subject for both his mother Pat and wife Kellie.
"I'll worry about that when it happens. Right now, I'll celebrate my time with him. His time back in the US and when he goes back, he'll go back proudly and we'll support him," said Pat.
"I'm proud of my husband and I'm proud of what he's doing and I realize that's part of it," Kellie added.
But, like so many soldiers, it's a duty that Martin says he won't hesitate to return to.
One Brother Comes Home, The Other Not Far Behind
Friday brought a special homecoming at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. It was a military homecoming, and for one Lubbock mom, this was just the first of two.