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Wounded soldier returns home

By Bert Case - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A 21 year old soldier from Madison, who was wounded in Afghanistan, received a hero's welcome at Jackson Evers International Airport Thursday.

C. J. Stewart was a combat medic with the 101st airborne. He nearly lost his right arm while on a rescue mission.

Stewart, who left being a college student at Mississippi College to join the army, could hardly believe his eyes when he saw the hundreds of people welcoming him home.

Stewart's medical team at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington told him that he would most likely never regain use of his right arm. Stewart has beaten the odds and is slowly regaining some feeling and motion in the arm. He has been through 36 surgeries.

"He is getting back a lot and they are going to start a second round of surgeries" said his mother, Robin Stewart. "And hopefully, I just believe in god, he will get back that movement in his arm, in that common area."

Stewart was low key, but freely talked with reporters about his experience.

"It's good to be back officially home" Steward said. "I have been in D, C. awhile, but that is not quite the same as here.

"It's good, it's there" Steward said about his arm. "I have already been through a lot, but they are doing great things these last couple of months."

Forty-one motorcycles, ridden mostly by veterans of the patriot guard riders, were lined up at the airport to escort the soldier home to Madison. There will be a reception in his honor at Broadmoor Baptist Church.

His family has lived in Madison since 2001, but they are originally from Louisiana, near Shreveport.

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