Family, friends and children all waited anxiously for Lance Corporal Kendall Bane to return from Walter Reed Army Medical Center Friday morning.
"I'm overwhelmingly excited. This is the best day of my life," said Bane's girlfriend, Jessica Stender.
Bane says he is overwhelmed by the community support, especially the support of complete strangers who are all connected by a love for America and those who dedicate their lives to serving it.
Annette Hall comes to every soldier homecomings to honor her son.
"I'm here today because my son was killed in action on June 1, 2009. Sometimes it's bitter sweet because I'm so grateful for the ones that get to walk off those planes, but you can't help but think deep in your heart, ‘I wish my son could have come home,'" said Hall.
Bane was shot in both legs and his stomach in late September. He has been recovering at Walter Reed for weeks. Now that he is back on American soil he feels better than ever.
"I'll take on the world. There are problems that have been laid before me, but I've seen guys with worse wounds," said Bane.
Enveloped in a sea of never ending hugs and handshakes, Bane says he is just happy to be home.
"Right now, just seeing all my family again and knowing that I'm about to get in a car and go home…it's a good feeling. I can't describe it, but it's a good feeling," said Bane.