Eastern Kentucky Soldier Returns Home

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

An Eastern Kentucky soldier is back in the mountains and received a hero's welcome Saturday.

The congregation at the Vicco Church of God turned Sunday morning service into a welcome home celebration.

"I'm very happy that my son has made it back from Afghanistan and I'm very proud of him for what he wanted to do to serve his country," said Lorene Johnson.

Jeremiah Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army and served overseas for 13 months and he says life was very different in Afghanistan.

"The humidity is worse than Kentucky and I didn't think that was possible," Jeremiah said.

Johnson's father, Clayburn, is the pastor of the church and he says he feels more patriotic.

"It makes me feel glad that I'm an American. It makes me feel more dedicated to the cause that I'm doing of being a soldier in the Lord's army," Pastor Johnson said.

Johnson says the people in Afghanistan made him proud to be a U.S. Troop.

"You could see a positive impact that American soldiers are making over there in Afghanistan from everywhere its really amazing to see the impact in the improvements we've made over there," Jeremiah said.

Johnson says as of right now he doesn't have to go back overseas, but he says he would be willing to serve his country again if he's called.

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