Chicago soldier gets warm welcome home from Afghanistan
March 9, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A local soldier got a hero's welcome as he returned home from his tour in Afghanistan.
Specialist Aristeo Morales was back home night in Humboldt Park Saturday following a nine-month tour of duty.
The Warriors Watch Riders motorcycle group helped welcome home Morales, along with his family and friends.
He said he always wanted to be an infantryman.
"Then I went to Afghanistan and I fell in love with it. Not everyone can do, but I do enjoy doing it. It's a job that gives you experiences after experiences. I don't regret it," he said.
"Nine months of torture, but finally he's home, he's safe and that's all that matters," his mother Maria Bonet said.
Morales wants to become a police officer once he fulfills his military duty.
He'll be home for three weeks before he returns to Fort Riley in Kansas.
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