A Special Homecoming for a Maryland Man Returning from War

Family greets Md. man returning from Afghanistan.

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:29 AM EDT
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Special Homecoming For Md. Man

Navy reservist Kevin Cruz returning home after a year in Afghanistan.

Many of us return from a long trip and can’t wait to sleep in our own bed. A Maryland man said he's happy to be alive and back with his family after a yearlong tour in Afghanistan.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Cruz got a special homecoming at Reagan National Airport Friday, when he was greeted by his wife and daughter.

Cruz served as a maintenance supervisor and was responsible for keeping up repairs on ambush vehicles. He said he survived an attack in October that lasted eight hours. “I’m glad I got out of there while I could," Cruz said. "It’s sad with all the incidents that’s been happening. I wish that things could turn out a little better."

This is his fourth tour overseas. Cruz works as a Prince George's County police officer when he's not with the reserves. He says he plans to vacation in Puerto Rico before returning to work.
 

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