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Kennewick Soldier Returns to Surprise

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- One Kennewick soldier's wife wants to welcome her husband home from Iraq in a very special way.

Michele Niesen wants to finish odd jobs that David started before he left for Iraq. He is returning home in early June for a 2-week leave. Michele wanted to do all the house work, but she found help in an unlikely source.

Home Depot sent 15 or 20 people out to help Michelle finish a variety of projects, including installing a flagpole, landscaping, and painting. Michele says she is most excited about a new shower and the new flagpole.

Michele Niesen says, "I really want Dave to have the shower. I went to the home show and bought him a flagpole and I really want that flag out."

Michele says she talks to Dave by e-mail, in what Dave likes to call "Life in Ramadi" e-mails. She says normally she would be uncomfortable with all the help, but that she really wants to get the jobs done for Dave.

Home Depot's James Longfellow says his group is just glad to help out. Longfellow says, "Bottom line these soldiers are putting their lives on the line every day and for them to come home. For us to be able to give them a thank you. This is the least we can do."

Michele just can't wait to see Dave's face when he gets home. Michele says, "It's exciting. The flag's going to be flying. The shower's going to de done when he gets home, and that's huge for me."