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By AMANDA OSKEY
Reporter

Community members lined the street, waved American flags, and waited patiently for the return of one of their own.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Corey Loeper spent the last 7 months in Iraq. Wednesday he returned home to Texas to see his family.

“The timing was perfect! We were told he would be here around noon and just then, the Star Spangled Banner began playing on the radio,” said Adrian Markham, community member.

“It’s great to be back in Texas,” said Sgt. Loeper, “I drove all the way from California just to get here.”

Sgt. Loeper is originally from Austin and a graduate of Westlake High School. The twenty-three year old now lives in Twentynine Palms, California with his wife Amanda.

The Loeper family moved to the community of Willow Ridge Drive last fall. They were surprised to see how interested the community was in helping to welcome home their son.

“We wanted to make sure our soldier was welcomed home,” said Marianne Moore, community member, “I emailed the family two months ago about getting something together.”

Even man’s best friend, Sgt. Loeper’s big brown dog named “Hagen”, came to see his friend walk through the door.

“Hagen listens to him! It’s like he just heard the voice of God,” said Mrs. Loeper.

Sgt. Loeper still has one more year of service to complete in the Marines.

“As of right now, it’s kind of gray whether or not I will have to go back to Iraq,” said Sgt. Loeper.

“I am so proud of him and his service,” said Dorothy Loeper, mother.

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