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Local Marine returns home for Christmas

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PASCO, Wash. -- One Kennewick family received an early Christmas present this morning. 

20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Jared Villarreal returned home from Afghanistan just in time for the holidays.

The Marine was joined by his family and friends at the airport. Among those in attendance was his best friend and fellow Marine Corey Collinson who returned home just days ago.

Mom had some special words for her returning hero. 

"I just want to tell Jared that I love him and welcome home. We're all happy that you are here and thank you for everything that you do for all of us," says Jared's mother MaryEllen Grahm. 

Jared will be home for three weeks before he goes to Hawaii for more training. He says he can't wait to relax over the holidays with all his friends and family.