Family, friends welcome soldier home

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A Buchanan man who has spent the last 10 months serving in Afghanistan arrived home Wednesday to a warm welcome.

Flanked by American flags and the Patriot Guard, U.S. Army Spc. Bretton Fletcher walked through the airport.

He was hugged by his father, mother and other family members this afternoon.

Brett's mother, Kelly, says it's been 314 days since she's been able to hold her son.

Brett was deployed last year to work with transportation and security in Afghanistan, and he thanked everyone for keeping in touch while he was so far away.

“When you finally get home and get to put my arms around my mom and dad… I miss them a lot,” Brett said with tears in his eyes. “So it really is great to be able to see them again and be able to be home safe.”

Another person Brett would like to put his arms around is his brother, Jeffrey Fletcher Jr.

He's not seen him for three years, because Jeff is also serving his country overseas.

The Fletchers were escorted home by the Patriot Guard, and Brett is looking forward to a home cooked meal.

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