Injured East Tennessee soldier welcomed home

Injured East Tennessee soldier welcomed home

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Staff Sgt. Charles Necessary was injured on his second deployment to Afghanistan and has been recovering at hospitals across the country but most recently in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Staff Sgt. Charles Necessary was injured on his second deployment to Afghanistan and has been recovering at hospitals across the country but most recently in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Staff Sgt. Charles Necessary was welcomed home by his community in New Tazewell Saturday afternoon after being injured in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Charles Necessary was welcomed home by his community in New Tazewell Saturday afternoon after being injured in Afghanistan.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

NEW TAZEWELL (WATE) - A happy homecoming was held Sunday afternoon for an East Tennessee soldier badly injured while serving in Afghanistan. His family members wanted to celebrate the successes he's made during his recovery.

Friends and family surprised Staff Sgt. Charles Necessary at the VFW in New Tazewell on his first trip home since his recovery. He was injured on his second deployment to Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Necessary has been recovering at hospitals across the country, but most recently in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Heartwarming welcome signs were held to welcome a hometown hero.

"I just thank God every day that he didn't take him with him and he left him here, because he's still got work to do. I know he does," said family friend Terri Lemarr.

Friends were welcoming home Staff Sgt. Necessary with hugs and cheers.

"You don't realize how much support soldiers get especially in small towns like this. To see that is just huge," he said.

Necessary wasn't expecting to make this trip back home so soon.

"It was just one thing after another that was wrong," he said.

As he was riding in a vehicle last June in Afghanistan it ran over an IED. The explosion caused him to break his pelvis, fracture his ankle, and suffer internal injuries. Nearly five months later he's even impressing his doctors.

"They were shocked all of them at how fast I was recovering," he added.

Family friends were overwhelmed to see him for the first time in a long time.

"I thought he would be in a wheel chair. He's way ahead of progress," said Lemarr.

For those just meeting Staff Sgt. Necessary, they say it was truly an honor.

"I thanked him for his service and said we can never repay you but we'll do all we can," said Wade Noah who rode a motorcycle in the procession into the VFW.

While Staff Sgt. Necessary's career in the military has taken him and his family miles away from home, his wife Dee Necessary says prayers helped pull them through.

"We're blessed. He's come a long way, he's got a long way to go but we're going to make it," she said.

Moving forward the family will return to Fort Bragg where Staff Sgt. Necessary will continue his recovery and decide about the future of his career in the military.

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