On Aug. 26, our grandson Shawn Rohret was severely injured while driving over a roadside bomb (IED) in Iraq. He was evacuated to a hospital in Germany and then transferred to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., for recovery and rehabilitation. From Walter Reed Hospital, on Oct. 3, he and his wife Esther, our granddaughter, flew back via the Moline, Ill., airport.

With this letter we would like to thank the Patriot Guard Riders who met them at the airport, along with his family and all old and new friends, to give them an escort back to Clinton. Warm thanks go to the many, many people, who lined the streets and highways waving the American flag and cheering them back throughout their drive home.

Also may we thank the Best Western Frontier and Maid-Rite, which welcomed him home by noting his homecoming on their marquees. A big thanks go to the Clinton AMVETS Post 28 and the associated AMVETS Honor Guard for providing him with a welcome home party and meal.

It was a grand homecoming for them. It shows that the people in Iowa do truly appreciate what our service personnel are doing to keep the United States of America a free nation.

Shawn returned to Walter Reed Hospital on Wednesday to perform a follow-up check to see how he is progressing and further rehabilitation.

Again, thanks to all that participated in any way and God bless you all.

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