HAMILTON (November 14, 2012)--Hamilton native and Army soldier Sgt. Derek Voges was welcomed home Tuesday night for the Thanksgiving holiday.
26-year old Voges, a soldier at Fort Lewis in Washington, was wounded in combat in May after an IED explosion.
He sustained an ankle and foot injury as well as a burst eardrum and some brain damage.
Voges was the only person in his vehicle to sustain major injuries from the explosion.
Kesha Barclay, a coworker of his father Robin Voges, started brainstorming his welcome home party and the community quickly stepped in.
Derek, his wife Megan and their young daughter Alexis, were met at the Austin Airport Tuesday by a family friend and were escorted to the courthouse by the sheriff’s and fire departments where the community was waiting to surprise them.
Just after 7 p.m., Vogues was welcomed home by about two hundred residents.
A short welcome home speech was given and Voges received a few gifts.
A dinner for the family was prepared by Calvary Baptist Church of Hamilton to close the celebration.
The family will be in town through the end of the month and have tentative plans to relocate to Fort Hood next summer.