Reported By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist - bio | email
FT. CAMPBELL, Ky. -
The Clarksville community gathered Sunday to make sure a local hero felt their gratitude.
A surprise celebration was held for Scott Schroeder at Clarksville's Beachaven Winery with hundreds of family, friends and fellow soldiers.
A war veteran of 25 years, Schroeder returned home on Sunday after 35 surgeries and an 18-month rehabilitation period.
He has defeated all odds after being severely injured in Afghanistan.
"You see all of those bikes, you see all of those flags, you see all of the people waiting for you to pull in," Schroeder said, "As much as you prepare yourself, you still feel that pride deep down inside. I'm finally home."
Schroeder was injured in 2010 when an IED exploded, blowing up his Humvee.
Schroeder now has two prosthetic legs, as well as a pair of state-of-the-art knees.
Most of the wounded warriors from his tour have returned home. Schroeder, however, had to extend his care at three different hospitals.
"It's unexplainable that so many people care so much, and a lot of these people don't even know who I am," Schroeder said. "They know where we've been, what we represent and for them to welcome us home, it's just a great feeling."
The surgeries are not over yet.
Schroeder's right arm is still seriously injured, but he is well enough to return home.
Those close to him say that his family and friends acted as his motivation to get back to Ft. Campbell.
Schroeder will rehab at Ft. Campbell's unit, working with his new prosthetics and building up strength in his arm.