KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- A Hero's Welcome, almost a year in the making, for an East Tennessee Marine.
Sergeant Jorge Zapata returned to East Tennessee Tuesday night just before midnight for the first time since being deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2006.
His tour of duty took an unexpected turn last November.
Sgt. Zapata and Corporal Bradley Walker were critically wounded when their humvee ran over a roadside bomb.
Cpl. Walker lost both of his legs in the accident. He has since returned home to White Pine in Jefferson County.
Both Marines were part of the Knoxville-based 4th Combat Engineering Battalion.
Sgt. Zapata suffered leg injuries. He was treated in Germany then sent back to San Diego for more treatment.
Watch Volunteer TV News at 5:30 for coverage of Zapata's homecoming.
Watch RAW Video of His Homecoming by clicking the link in this story.