RICHLAND, Wash.-- It's a warm welcome home for a local soldier, who made it to the Tri-Cities for the holidays. He and his family are proud of the work he is doing for our country.
Matt Noyes from Richland has been serving in Iraq for the last seven months. Unlike many soldiers this is the second year in a row he gets to spend the holidays with his family.
Noyes says he's glad to be back with his loved ones, but knows the war in Iraq continues to be subject of much debate, especially between presidential candidates. But in spite of controversy he says soldiers remain focused on their jobs.
"It should be a part of their debate, but at the same time as a military leader there on the ground, it doesn't affect how I do my job and I'm there to do my best job possible, regardless of the politics and regardless of the debate," he said.
This young soldier also says it is important the war remains as part of the candidates agenda, since it has become the biggest expense by the national government.
Noyes is scheduled to go back soon after the new year.