Iowa soldiers celebrate freedom one year post-deployment - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Iowa soldiers celebrate freedom one year post-deployment

Posted:
REINBECK (KWWL) -

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our country's independence.  Some eastern Iowans value that freedom now more than ever.  That's because one year ago, they were awaiting return to the US from Afghanistan, following the largest deployment of our state's troops since World War II.

We caught up with two soldiers and their families spending their first July 4th back home together.

Bonnie and Jerry Shinn know the heartaches of sending not just one, but two sons off to war.

"You just pray every day that they come home safe," Bonnie Shinn said.

But now, those fears are set aside.  Both Shinn boys, Derrick and Caleb, did return safely from deployment to Afghanistan almost one year ago.

"Since I've been home, we just get a lot of support and appreciate it," said Derrick Shinn.

Standing in their parents' front yard in Reinbeck, watching the July 4th parade is a treasured time.  This holiday reminds the Shinns of just how much they value freedom, and those like Derrick and Caleb, who have fought to defend it.

"For me, it's great to get a lot of people that don't really celebrate being a part of the country until the 4th of July, and then showing them what we have done and sacrificed before.  It's just a great showcase for us veterans, what we've done and what we've helped to secure," said Caleb Shinn.

Derrick has decided to now call his military career quits, and just bought a home. 

Caleb is preparing to move back to Iowa, from Illinois, and will retire from the service in a few years after putting in 20 years in the military.  He's glad to be back with his wife and two kids, and is now expecting a third child.

Their parents couldn't be more proud.

"It has changed the perspective of the 4th of July, as far as independence goes...what they did for us," Jerry Shinn said.

And that perspective is a reminder to everyone of why we're able to celebrate freedom.

Since September 11th, more than 15,000 Iowa National Guard soldiers have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries.

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

    Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:08 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:08:14 GMT
    Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons.More >>
    Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons.More >>
  • Renters may have changes coming their way

    Renters may have changes coming their way

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:12:51 GMT
    The idea of living in a four-bedroom apartment with three unrelated roommates, may be coming to a stop in Cedar Falls. Task Force Member, Fred Abraham, has proposed the idea of reducing the maximum number of unrelated renters in a single-family home from four to three. He also think that any single family homes that are converted into rentals should either rent only to families or to no more than two unrelated people. His ideas behind these proposals is to reduce density and "preserve the cha...More >>
    The idea of living in a four-bedroom apartment with three unrelated roommates, may be coming to a stop in Cedar Falls. Task Force Member, Fred Abraham, has proposed the idea of reducing the maximum number of unrelated renters in a single-family home from four to three. He also think that any single family homes that are converted into rentals should either rent only to families or to no more than two unrelated people. His ideas behind these proposals is to reduce density and "preserve the cha...More >>
  • Goodwill closes one store, builds another

    Goodwill closes one store, builds another

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:27:14 GMT
    Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa plans to close its store in the Crossroads Center area, and build a new one.For the last 5-6 years Goodwill has been working towards getting away from leased facilities and towards owning their own facilities. The current store in one of the older units in the area, and is very dated, according to a Goodwill employee. There is also current concerns with security issues and safety problems. The store will be less square footage, but according to Chris Hars...More >>
    Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa plans to close its store in the Crossroads Center area, and build a new one.For the last 5-6 years Goodwill has been working towards getting away from leased facilities and towards owning their own facilities. The current store in one of the older units in the area, and is very dated, according to a Goodwill employee. There is also current concerns with security issues and safety problems. The store will be less square footage, but according to Chris Hars...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.