Wounded Marine returns to support of home

Callaway native Tyler Huffman recently was welcomed home by a crowd of family, friends and neighbors after being wounded while serving with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.

Callaway native Tyler Huffman recently was welcomed home by a crowd of family, friends and neighbors after being wounded while serving with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.

When it was clear he would not be returning to active duty after being shot while out on patrol in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine and Callaway County native Tyler Huffman knew exactly where he wanted to be: Home.

“I originally grew up in Millersburg my whole life, I went to Fulton High School; it’s where all my family and friends are,” Huffman said of the decision to move to Fulton to stay with his father as he makes the transition from Marine to civilian life after the shooting that left him paralyzed. “I know so many people here — I know at the drop of a hat I could have a house full of people.

“I have so many people wanting to help me. I have so much support and so many family and friends ... that’s where I want to be.”

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The 23-year-old has spent the past 3 1/2 years as a Marine, and had been deployed to Afghanistan at the beginning of October — his first time in a combat zone.

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