Welcome home, Buck

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 08:58 AM.

“The going is not the thing that it hard, it is the leaving that is hard.”

Turned out the arriving was nearly as difficult as Watford spent much of the 45 minutes wiping tears from his face.

“I am not sure which was tougher, a year deployment or sitting and listening the last 45 minutes,” Watford said. “I am very honored.”

Watford was part of a Deployment and Distribution battalion. Watford worked as a liaison officer between Reserve units and active duty military units.

Still on active duty, Watford is also rehabbing a back injury.

As his wife, Pam, said, when Watford was offered the opportunity to continue rehab at a base in Georgia or return home, where he could rehab at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, the choice was easy.

“He said let me out of here, let me go home,” Pam Watford said.

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