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Former Warren Mayor Michael O’Brien spent Sunday preparing for one of the happiest days of his life: his son’s return from Afghanistan.
He’s scheduled to arrive in Ohio Sunday evening.
Strapped with a staple gun, O’Brien spent hours decorating his house with huge signs and American flags to welcome his son.
“Our family is extremely excited that after nine months, our son Michael is coming home,” O’Brien said.
Michael is one of three children. Now 28-years-old, he joined the Marine Corp two years ago, at the age of 26. That is considered a late bloomer for the military.
“He graduated from Ohio State, and after working three years, he decided that he felt the need to serve the country. So he enlisted in the Marine Corps.,” O’Brien said.
The corporal served nine months in Afghanistan. He wasn’t allowed to disclose his exact location, but was able to communicate with his family via satellite about once a month.
“We’ve been counting down the days and as we’re getting closer and emotions are getting stronger and stronger,” said O’Brien.
One of O’Brien’s neighbors just happens to be Herman Breuer, the Director of the Trumbull County Veteran Services. He served in Iraq and said it’s good to see the community show so much support for soldiers when they return home.
“A lot of veterans, past veterans, didn’t see this type of support. As far as like the Vietnam vets, the Korean War vets,” said Breuer.
Members of the American Legion Post 700 in Howland are also helping to welcome Michael home. They’ll be escorting him from Southington to his father’s house on Edgewood Street in Warren.
Michael’s stay isn’t permanent however, it’s only for three weeks.