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A soldier comes home

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U.S. Army PFC Tyler McCann steps out of a vehicle as he returned to his Ruston home on Feb. 17.

“I just hope people could understand that I am doing this for a good cause and that it’s not like a video game when it comes to being here — there is no respawn button. You get killed here, you are gone. Game Over.”

That quote came from the journal of PFC Tyler McCann of the Army’s 2nd Division, 1st Battalion — 23rd Infantry — Alpha Co.

He posted it in his journal on July 25, 2012, as he served as a sniper and mortar gunner with his unit in southeast Afghanistan.

Little did the Ruston native know that his life would change only days later.

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