(WBIR - New Tazewell) A sea of red, white, and blue lined up near the New Tazewell VFW post Sunday, to welcome home a Speedwell native who was injured overseas earlier this year.
"Felt amazing...especially seeing the escort. All the guys at the VFW. So it was very heartwarming," SSG Charles Necessary said after his tour from Afghanistan, to Walter Reed Medical Center, to a Florida VA clinic, to his current outpatient home in Fort Bragg.
Staff Sergeant Necessary suffered several injuries to his legs and pelvis when his military vehicle rolled over an IED in May 2013.
"I was supposed to be there a year so it was just like -- one change after another after another adjust to all the obstacles they're throwing at us," SSG Necessary added.
It was a small town homecoming inside the VFW hall that roared loud. Loved ones did not expect the crowd of friends, family, and total strangers who wanted to say "thank you" to the injured soldier.
This is the first time, Necessary and his family have been in Tennessee since the accident.
"It's like having a weight lifted off your shoulders. It's been a very unsure road for the past little while... since things began, really," said wife DeeDee.
The Speedwell native will not be in Tennessee very long -- he returns to North Carolina on Tuesday to continue his rehabilitation. While the future of SSG Necessary is unclear, he said he appreciates the support back here at home.
"I was really shocked and surprised," Necessary said about the homecoming. "I knew something was going on. I just didn't know what yet..."