by Christa Lollis
Around the room today Daniel Stewart gave hug, after hug. It's the first time he's been home in 15 months. "I smiled for about the first 3 hours. I couldn't stop. A lot of hugs, a lot of laughing, just talking, chit chatting," Daniel Stewart told KTRE.
Daniel has only been in the army for 21 months and almost all of it has been spent overseas but he knew that was part of the job. "I knew that when I joined I was going and that's part of the reason to go so that I served my country. It was pretty intense though most of the time I am not going to lie. It was a great learning experience," he explained. Getting through those 15 months was hard at times but knowing his parents were back home supporting him helped him pull through. "They were pretty good. They were real calm and collected. They supported me and that's what I needed you know, someone to be over here that wasn't freaking out cause that would probably in turn make me freak out," Daniel said. The 15 months wasn't always so easy for his parents though. His father Robert Stewart explained, "It was always tense knowing that he was in combat situations almost everyday. I spent 20 years in the army and never even deployed overseas."