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With Family, Salisbury Community Welcomes Home Local Hero

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Jonathan Prouse, US Army PFC Jonathan Prouse, US Army PFC

SALISBURY, Md. - Meet The Prouses: a normal, everyday family.    

But this family has made the ultimate sacrifice, which is why nearly 100 community members came out to the Salisbury Airport for them.    

Welcoming home their son from Afghanistan, Jonathan Prouse.

"When a community comes together as one in support our local heroes, to me this is America," said Jay Prouse, Jonathan's uncle.

"It makes you feel good that soldiers are remembered during all times of the yea," said Terry Scott.      

This time last year, Scott welcomed home his son, who toured in the 822nd Security Force Division in Afghanistan.  He's home once again for the holidays this year before deploying in January for convoy work.     

"I'm very happy to have my brother home for the holidays," said Leslie Horner. "I was very upset to think that I wouldn't be able to see him for Christmas."

The entire community awaited as Rick and Gale Prouse stood on the tarmac, walked up and hugged their son for the first time in nearly a year.

"[It's] very overwhelming," said Rick Prouse, Jonathan's father. "[It's] very overwhelming. [I'm] glad to have my son home. I haven't seen him since April."

"Some couples here, some families here who [pause]. They mentioned their son never came home and we're thankful today that Jon did come home," said Jay Prouse.

Jonathan Prouse is a US Army Private First Class. He will be home with is family for the next month before being deployed again to Afghanistan.

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