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A Local Soldier Returns Home from Afghanistan

YAKIMA, Wa -  When Army Staff Sergeant John Neptune left for Afghanistan a year ago, his son, Colton, was still a baby.  Now, he can run and play in the backyard with his father.

"He definitely recognised me when he saw me at the airport," says Neptune.

Neptune had to leave his family behind to serve overseas.  He's spent the last year in Kabul, Afghanistan and brought home he took out on patrol.  He says the media focus has been on Iraq, but they sometimes forget about the dangers soldiers face in Afghanistan.

"You defenitely have to be aware of your surroundings because that's what they're (the insurgents) are looking for, for you to complacent," he says.

Neptune says he saw progress while he was in Afghanistan, but says calls to withdraw troops are not realistic if the mission to install a democracy is to succeed.  His tour is finished and his focus now changing from serving his country to raising his son.

This was actually Neptune's second tour in the Middle East.  He also served six month in Iraq.  He says his next big trip is to take his family to disney world.