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Weeklong visit with family called 'surreal' by wounded soldier

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NEY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's been a special homecoming weekend for a special soldier from the tiny Defiance County village of Ney.

Sgt. Loretta McCague is back, two years after being wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

For the next week, Sgt. Nolin is hanging out with family and friends, calling her time back home 'overwhelming and surreal.'

Who can blame her?

This is the first time Sgt. Nolin has seen them since her brush with death.

"I'm comfortable. Comfortable being around family and friends," said Sgt. McCague.

In 2012, Sgt. Nolin suffered head injuries when struck by debris after an Afghani suicide bomber blew up a tent she was in.

She's O.K. now.

"You can work through it and there is help out there for everyone," said Sgt. McCague.

But this brave wounded warrior says it was stressful recovering while thousands of miles away from home.

"It happened a couple years ago and I haven't seen them since. I felt so alone because I didn't have my friends and family," said Sgt. McCague.

Understandably, her parents were stressed as well.

James and Millie McCague believe U.S. troops never should have been deployed to Afghanistan.

"I want them out of there. There's no reason for us to be there in my opinion," said Millie.

James agreed.

"We should never be fighting their civil war," said Mr. McCague.

Sgt. Nolin has received seventeen awards including the Army Commendation Medal.

She's a mother of three and will return to Vicenza, Italy working as an Army lab technician after catching up with friends and family in Ney.

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