This is Paul Mehlos, a member of the Florida National Guard, returning home safely from a year's tour in Afghanistan. Paul, aside from

his military duties, spent the year sending emails of his time in country to his local newspaper, the Walton Sun. There were times he was

out of contact and the entire county was on pins and needles hoping he was safe. When he returned, he was met not only by family but

many of his neighbors and friends. On the way home from the airport, people lined the streets to greet him as he entered his neighborhood.

U.S. Highway 98 was lined with hand-painted signs welcoming home and the streets of his neighborhood were lined with American flags.

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