Friends, Family and Strangers Welcome Home Marine
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Red, white and blue paved the way for an American hero coming home. Friends, family and complete strangers crowded the Grand Junction Airport, awaiting the arrival of local marine Seth Counts.
One of his good friends, Sarah Arnold, talked about what it was like while he was deployed, "Worrisome, because well, Afghanistan's a bad part, but he was in a bad bad part."
Logan Hancock, Counts' best friend, was also there to welcome him home, "He's done so many amazing things in such a short period of time and I'm glad to say that I've been a part of it."
After months of sending letters and care packages with homemade jerky, friends and family could finally embrace their marine once again.
His father, Rich Counts, said, "What went through my mind was just turn him over to God and putting him in God's hands and praying that God would bring him back to me."
"He is one of the few people that can say they've been over there and done the things that he's done. I am so proud of him," said Hancock.
"I was expecting one, maybe two people. But definitely all these gentleman are worthy of praise as well," said Counts.
Art Edwards, with the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders, said, "This is one way to show that yeah, we appreciate what you're doing, when you get home we're going to be there when you get home."
A marine for nearly four years, Counts has been serving his country in Afghanistan.
"It's been stressful at times, it's been fun at others. I love doing my job, love to go over there and glad to come home," he said.
"He's done two tours now, deployed twice. And he's a warrior," said his father.
With each day he spent in Afghanistan friends and family were reminded about what matters most in life.
His father said, "I just want to spend time with him, hold him and hug him.
When asked what he plans on doing first now that he's home, Counts says getting a good meal tops the list.