Teen Soldier from Martinez Returns Home from Afghanistan to Emotional Welcome

August 16, 2014 · 27 comments

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A 19-year-old soldier is back home in Martinez today after returning from a tour in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Spc. Jeremy Scott, who served his first deployment in Afghanistan over the past nine months, emerged from a plane at San Francisco International Airport to an emotional welcome from his closest family and friends, and a group of United Service Organization, or USO, members.

His mom, the first person Scott saw when he got off the plane, ran up to give him a hug.

“There were some tears — definitely tears of joy,” he said. “Coming home to see family and friends and people I didn’t even know supporting me was amazing,” said Scott.

A convoy of about seven motorcyclists from the military support organization Warriors Watch Riders led the car from the airport to Martinez, their American flags flapping in the wind.

Scott said he’s looking forward to catching up with the friends and family members he hasn’t seen for over a year.

He joined the army at 17 years old and headed to Fort Drum in New York for training about a month after graduating from Alhambra High School in Martinez, he said.

Scott was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2013. During his nine-month deployment, the soldier provided security at his army base, where he and his fellow soldiers regularly underwent mortar and rocket attacks, he said.

During his deployment he also lost a friend who was killed by a sniper while serving at a different Afghan base, Scott said.

He said has received several honors for his service in Afghanistan including an Afghanistan campaign medal, an overseas medal, NATO service medal and the more prestigious Army Commendation Medal.

Bryan Carmody, a spokesman for USO Bay Area and part of the organization’s Families of the Fallen Response Team, said seeing the young soldier’s homecoming was the type of happy ending that some military families don’t get.

“In the Families of the Fallen team, I’m usually there when things don’t go well, so to see something like this was amazing,” Carmody said.

1 Cowellian August 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Welcome Home, Soldier!

2 Concord1963 August 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Dear U.S. Army Spc. Jeremy Scott:
++++++++WELCOME HOME +++++++++
And
+++++++++++THANK YOU+++++++++++

3 ??? August 16, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I couldn’t finish reading this without my
heart melting and leaky eyes:)

4 Walnut Creek Oldtimer August 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Thank you for your service! God Bless You!

5 Silva August 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Halleluyah! Good to have you back!

6 Enfield303 August 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Welcome home and thank you for your service.

7 Bob the Repairman August 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!! WELCOME HOME!!!!!

8 Mary Fouts August 16, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Welcome back! Thank you for your service, for your sacrifice, and for preserving our freedom.

9 David Molstad August 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Welcome home! Job well done!

10 DMZ August 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Welcome HOME!
God Bless YOU!
THANK YOU.

11 Domestic CEO August 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Welcome home and bless you for your dedication and service to our country. I am thankful for what you and your fellow soldiers do to maintain our freedoms, which I hold dear. I wish you life’s happiness. :D

12 bluebird August 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Welcome home soldier! Your Mom and family are proud of you, as we all are. I hope you get to stay for a while before reporting to your next duty station.

I am an old air force staff sergeant, followed by being a navy wife and now a mother of a son on active duty in the navy. We know not everyone can do what you do.

13 mutts August 16, 2014 at 2:59 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH, YOU ALL ARE MY HEROS. WELCOME HOME!

14 random chick August 16, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Welcome home!! and thank you for all your service!!

15 Justin August 16, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Old enough to serve but not buy a beer.

16 Marianne August 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Welcome home, Soldier, glad you made it back.

17 Cat Wrangler August 16, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Welcome back, Hero! Thank you for your service and God bless you! :)

18 Dorothy August 16, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Welcome home.

19 boccegrl August 16, 2014 at 8:45 PM

God Bless You . Thank You for your Service . May You Enjoy
Each Day with your Family and Friends.

20 Ven Xeter August 16, 2014 at 8:49 PM

You are a good man. Thank you for your service to the country.

21 Beyonce August 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Thank you Jeremy for risking your life to protect our freedom! You and everyone that serves deserves a huge homecoming and much more! GOD bless you and your family

22 semper fi August 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Welcome home brother. Enjoy the time you have with friends and family, you”ve earned it.

23 Pat August 16, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Welcome home soldier! Thank you for keeping is safe !

24 MeCrazyWoman August 16, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Welcome home!

25 Janet August 16, 2014 at 11:39 PM

I have never liked the, thank you for your service slogan because it feels so inadequate but we often don’t know what else to say. What thank you for your service actually means to most of us is: thank you more than we could ever convey for being willing to leave everyone you love to train to the point of your body feeling as though it’s going to break, all so that you will nearly assuredly have to live in pretty awful conditions, do what the rest of us don’t have the guts or discipline to do and be willing to literally die so that we can remain free. While seeing and experiencing events that will pain your heart for a very long time and put you in situations to see tragedies the rest of us only see in movies. You assuredly felt a homesickness the rest of us have never experienced and a sadness you may never share. You made sacrifices we back home will never truly know but you were one of the very few willing to step up because you love your country and value freedom above all else. You are the very, very best our country has to offer and we are genuinely proud to have you in our community because it makes us safer and better. I would far rather be in your midst than any celebrity because you’re more than a soldier, you’re truly one of our finest citizens – the best of the very best. I hope I’m not being presumptuous but I suspect that is more what we all mean when we say to you, thank you for your service and WELCOME HOME!!!!

26 MKH August 17, 2014 at 12:59 AM

THANK YOU & WELCOME HOME!

27 Ann Marie Rutherford August 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Thank you for you service !!!!

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