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Ohio soldier blinded in Afghanistan returns home

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A soldier blinded while on duty in Afghanistan received a hero's welcome in his northeast Ohio hometown.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Hale, who was blinded one year ago, returned Saturday to his alma mater, Revere High School in Bath Township near Akron.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal (bit.ly/VwRLFY), the 34-year-old Hale called the homecoming amazing, terrific and humbling.

The 1996 Revere graduate attended Bowling Green State University. He served in the Navy from 1999 to 2007 as a cook and then joined the Army and was trained to disarm bombs.

Hale was blinded on a mission to disarm an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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