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US troops return home from Afghanistan to a warm Indiana welcome

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Tears well in her eyes as Jalynn Krieger, 8, of New Troy, Mich. holds tight to her father Spc. Kerry Krieger as Krieger hugs his daughter and wife, Shawna, during a welcome home celebration at the VFW Post 9323, Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Lake Station, Ind. The 656th Transportation Company returned home after serving about a year in Afghanistan.

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Spc. Jesse Gonzalez of Gary, Ind., kisses his wife Amanda Warren-Gonzales after he stepped off the bus during the welcome home celebration.

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Spc. Felix Duron of Lake Station, with his wife Mindy, smiles at his 1-year-old daughter Lillian while holding his 2-month-old son Felix, Jr., whom he met for the first time after arriving at the post.

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