JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- US Army 1st Lt. Ryan Timoney is back in Jacksonville after dozens of surgeries, months in a coma and a leg amputation.
Timoney got the hero's welcome Timoney has had coming for a year.
"It's really nice, it's really sweet, to see that people care," he said.
For the past year, he's been in hospitals and rehabilitation centers after a suicide bomber hit his unit just before Memorial Day, 2012.
Now that he's on the mend, his friends and family wanted to make sure he got the welcome home he deserved when he flew in to Jacksonville Friday.
The community came together to escort Ryan home, with children from his former school waving flags and giving their thanks.
"I grew up here, I love coming here. And seeing people that I don't even know appreciating what you've done. I really do appreciate it. It's really wonderful, and it feels really good," he said.
While he still has a long way to go, Ryan says this welcome home was sure a good start.
"You can't think about it. You just have to deal with every day as it comes, and do your best, and hopefully things will get better for you. It has for me, and I'm really fortunate," he said.
Timoney will be in Jacksonville with his wife Kelby for two weeks.
First Coast News