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Wounded soldier's homecoming at Pasco Airport

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PASCO, Wash. --A group of friends had something big to celebrate this Memorial Day, a hero's homecoming.  US Army Staff Sergeant Kent Ployhart is a Purple Heart recipient. 

He has been at the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio,Texas for the last three months, recovering from a grenade attack in Afghanistan.  Ten soldiers were injured in the attack, seven of them with life threatening injuries.  However, all of them are making a great recovery including Ployhart who landed at Pasco Airport on Memorial Day.

The 42 year old Kennewick had multiple shrapnel wounds to his legs, a broken right leg and injuries to his brachial artery.   "I'm going to be here for a week to watch my son graduate. He lives in Boise, Idaho. There was a point in time that I didn't think that I was even going to make it back. So this is awesome," said Ployhart who was greeted at the airport by a dozen of friends, in a limo they rented for his arrival.

Ployhar has been undergoing physical therapy and is currently at the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, awaiting a transfer so he can come home to heal.