Another Alabama Afghanistan war veteran has gotten a hero's welcome from his hometown.
Army Specialist Corey Garmon, who lost both of his legs to a roadside bomb in the Kandahar province in July, was greated by cheering crowds, first at the Huntsville airport, then with multiple crowds in the Etowah County town of Sardis City.
A motorcade brought Garmon from the Huntsville airport. He reportedly started seeing well-wishers with posters and yellow ribbons when the motorcade crossed into Marshall County headed south.
Garmon's motorcade went by Carlisle and Whitesboro Elementary schools. When he arrived at Sardis High School, where he was once quarterback for the Lions football team, he was greeted by the students and their full band. Garmon spoke to them before the final stop at the Sardis Senior Citizen Center.
"Surprising, I've been surprised all day. It's awesome," Garmon told reporters as he arrived.
Police units from Sardis City Police and the Etowah County Sheriff's Office, along with Patriot Riders, escorted the red 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible driven by Garmon's father. A group of ROTC students welcomed him by shouting "Welcome home, Corey!" and "Thank you for your service, Corey!"
Garmon received an Alabama flag from State Rep. Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden) and a legislative resolution delivered by State Rep. Craig Ford (D-Gadsden). The local VFW made him a lifetime member.
Garmon told the crowd their support through the Prayers for Corey Garmon Facebook page helped him get through the ordeal and the therapy at Walter Reed Medical Center. His speech was interrupted several times by friends who shouted, "We love you, Corey!"
"Since the day I left, starting getting support and some prayers. And that's how I made it back. Yeah, I got hit, but I made it back," Garmon told the crowd.
Garmon's arrival comes a month after his fellow Fort Lewis soldier and Walter Reed patient, SPC Josh Wetzel, arrived to a similar homecoming in Glencoe. Another of Garmon's friends, Eric Hunter, is expected to receive a similar homecoming Saturday in his own hometown of Monroeville, in south Alabama.
Garmon's visit is expected to last nine days, during which he'll spend Thanksgiving with family. He's set to return to Walter Reed a week from Sunday.
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