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Marine Returns Home

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A Pasco marine is home from Iraq for the next two weeks and is family had a welcome home party for him at Roy's Western Smorgy in Richland.

Jesus Balbuena's family said it was an emotional day as they waited for him to return Saturday afternoon. 

His step-father said he kept checking his watch every minute.

His mother Cleotilde Vazquez said she is constantly worried about him.  She said, "I'm proud of him.  He's doing the right thing."

20-year-old Balbuena graduated from Pasco High School in 2005.  He has been serving in Iraq for the past six months.  His entire family worries everyday for his safe return.

His step-father Franciso Vazquez said, "It's always on your mind."

Cleotilde said, "You think you are never going to see your son again."

His family said they are looking forward spending time with him.  They have a number of family activities planed.  Balbuena intends to go an see his former teachers that helped him when he was in high school.

His 10-year-old sister Angelica said so can't wait for her older brother to return.  She said he is her hero.  She said, "Maybe we can go to Chuck E. Cheese and have some fun as a family."

The Vazquez family said everyone who fights in the war is a hero to them.  They said it is extremely difficult to worry about their son each day.  His parents want the war to be over as soon as possible and want their son home safe and sound.