BURNHAM | Dion Sellers is only 19, yet he’s a member of the U.S. Army who can say he has served in combat zones in Afghanistan.
A small crowd waits Friday to welcome Pvt. Dion Sellers back home to Burnham.
A parade welcomes Pvt. Dion Sellers back to his hometown of Burnham on Friday.
Veteran Gerald Curry, left, welcomes Dion Sellers back to his hometown of Burnham on Friday. Sellers' mother, Tawana Sellers, right, waves her flag.
Second-grader, Ariana Ferguson, 7, leaves her classroom at Protsman Elementary School in Dyer Friday with her father, Mike Ferguson, Victoria Samaniego, left and her mother, Katie Biehl. Ariana thought her father would not be home for Christmas, but received a surprise when he appeared in he…
Second-grader Ariana Ferguson, 7, hugs her father Mike Ferguson on Friday as he arrives in at her classroom for a surprise visit at Protsman Elementary School. Ariana thought her father, who serves in the Army and is based in Fort Bragg, N.C., would not be home for Christmas.
The hearse carrying the body of Sergio Perez passes by the Schererville Town Hall on Wednesday in a procession from the Gary/Chicago International Airport to Burns Funeral Home in Crown Point.
SCHERERVILLE | The hearse bearing the body of Sergio Perez passes by local residents in a procession from the Gary/Chicago Airport to Burns Funeral Home in Crown Point Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
Grace Ward hugs her father, Seth Ward, when he returned for a brief visit during the holidays last year.
Seth Ward hugs his children Grace, 5, and Levi, 7, after he surprised them June 10.
HOBART | City officials honored Spc. Luke Ledyard on Wednesday at the City Council meeting.
HOBART| The gloomy weather didn't rain on one Hobart soldier's parade, as veterans, family and friends surprised him with a welcome home celebration Saturday.
Spc. Luke Ledyard, of Hobart, gets a surprise welcome home from Afghanistan on Saturday.
Neighbors and students from Lake Central schools created a memorial to fallen Army Staff Sgt. David Nowaczyk outside his parents' home in Dyer.
Rachel Nowaczyk shows a picture of her daughter Kiley holding her "Daddy Doll" that has a photo of David Nowaczyk on it.
The family of Army Staff Sgt. David Nowaczyk talks Wednesday about the fallen soldier at his parents' Dyer home. Included are his mother, Patti Nowaczyk, from left, grandmother Delilah Weddington, 5-year-old niece Abby Smart, sister Megan Smart and his wife, Rachel Nowaczyk.
Army Staff Sgt. David Nowaczyk sits with wife Rachel, daughter Kiley and son Conner Reese in this family portrait.
David Nowaczyk's wife, Rachel, right, sister Megan Smart and niece Abby Smart, 5, reflect on his life Wednesday at his parents' Dyer home. "He's been my protector since Day One," Smart said.
Kathy Rachowicz thanks supporters Monday night during a fundraising dinner for her wounded son at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7881 in Hammond. Pvt. Doug. Rachowicz, 30, of Hammond, was badly hurt last month by a roadsie bomb blast in Afghanistan that killed four members of his Valparaiso-b…
Kathy Rachowicz helps serve tacos Monday night with Chester Colvin, left, commander of the American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association, and Paul Pappyday, the group's vice commander. The dinner at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7881 in Hammond was organized to raise money to aid the rehab…
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