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Air Force Veteran comes home in time for Independence Day

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While everyone is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day, one local family is welcoming their vet home.

25-year-old Jared Burton of Harvard has been serving our country in the Air Force for six years. He served two tours overseas in Afghanistan and Kuwait and now, can finally say he's home.

His friends and family welcome him at the Woodstock Moose Lodge. Katy, his wife, says she's glad he's not just home for a holiday. He's home for good.

"It's not coming back for Christmas or Thanksgiving anymore. We're just home, so it's nice," Katy says.

Jared's family has five generations that have served our country. He's been stationed in North Dakota since 2008. During his time in the Air Force, he has received 14 medals and ribbons.

Friends greeting him say they are thankful and blessed he is now home safe and sound.

"We're lucky he's home in one piece and safe," Annie McKenney-Becker, a family friend, says.

Katy Burton says that the hardest part about their experience was the birth of their first daughter, Colby. She says although she had the greatest support system she could have asked for, she's glad they will be welcoming their second child together.

The Burton's are now planning on trying to live, what Katy calls, a normal life together.

"Jared's going to go to school to be a firefighter, and then we're just going to fix up the little house we bought and live next to our family for the first time," she says.

They say they plan to relax after they are finished greeting everyone.

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