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Irondequoit soldier injured in Afghanistan returns home

Rochester, N.Y. - Family & friends welcomed home U.S. Army Specialist Danny Fittos at the Rochester International Airport Friday afternoon.

Fittos, 21, was injured during a rocket attack in Afghanistan back in May. He was hit in the hip by shrapnel and has been recovering at Walter Reed Hospital since June.

Military veterans joined the West Irondequoit alumni's friends and family to welcome him home.

Days after arriving at Walter Reed Hospital, Fittos was surprised by a visit from President Barack Obama. Then, members of the New York Mets came to visit him.

"It feels good to know that you know people care, people show their support and everything, it makes you feel special. It makes you feel like you know, you're actually sort of doing something," Fittos said.

Fittos can smile today, as he is expected to make a full recovery. The outlook is a positive one.

His mom summed it up well - she says she is not mourning a loss, she is praising a survival.

Fittos will be home for 30-days before returning to the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum where he'll consider options for his future.

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