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Amarillo soldier among last to come home from Iraq

Amarillo, Texas - One young veterans arrived back in Amarillo Tuesday, making him one of the last to come back home to the United States now that the war is over. 

Army Specialist JaToris Finney is an Amarillo boy born and raised, and a graduate of Tascosa High School. But for the past year, he's been fighting in the Middle East.

Tuesday, that all changed and he came home. To say his family was thrilled to see him would be an understatement. His two year old daughter was so excited to see him, she even wore a shirt with her dad's picture on it.

Even though the war took him away from the people he loves most, he told us he wouldn't trade it for the world, and he couldn't be prouder to have been part of what he calls a successful mission. 

"It feels like we accomplished a lot. We accomplished a partnership with the Iraqis. Closed out with dignity. Made sure everything was cleaned up when we left. We left them a few things that they would need to keep running that base too." 

Specialist Finney is one of one and a half million troops that have served in Iraq since 2003. 4,500 of them were killed there, some 32,000 wounded.

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