Indiana sailor welcomed back from Iraq

July 16, 2008 9:13:15 AM PDT
A northwest Indiana sailor returning home from Iraq Tuesday night got a big surprise: the Patriot Guard escorted intelligence specialist Timothy Holsti to his home in Lowell. Holsti had been in Iraq for a year. Several of Holsti's friends and family greeted him with hugs and thanked him for serving the country.

Holsti reflected on the most difficult part of being in Iraq.

"I had a lot of losses, family losses while I was out there," said Timothy Holsti, Navy intelligence specialist. "My brother joined the Army, I wasn't there for him, I didn't get to be there for his graduation. Just being away from my family, it was kinda, kinda rough."

"My son's home, he's healthy, he's safe. I wish every parent had that blessing. I'm just glad he's home," said Kris Holsti, mother.

Holsti says he might return to Iraq in a year to try to finish the work he began.


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