Local marine receives hero's welcome home

Local marine receives hero's welcome home »Play Video
A local marine who was severely injured in Afghanistan is back home tonight with his family. But not after an amazing show of generosity from strangers and friends alike.

Sgt. Justin Clenard lost both of his legs seven weeks when he stepped on a landmine while on duty in Afghanistan. Almost immediately the Bear Valley Buckaroos club decided to give all of the money from their annual golf tournament to the Clenard family. And Sunday they presented him with a check, a small token of the community's gratitude they said.

Clenard has only been walking on prosthetics for the last two weeks. He's still getting used to them but decided to walk in instead of being driven. "It's amazing, I cant believe how much support I get from this community and everybody, its amazing," said Clenard.

The Bear Valley Buckaroos is a club dedicated to country western activities. They say they all consider Justin a friend since he practically grew up around the equestrian center. His father Chris used to be a manager at the center. Today though the club was presenting Justin a check for almost 9-thousand dollars. Some funds to help his family's medical costs. But also a chance to tell Justin why he's a hero.

Not because he joined the marines, or even because he was hurt. They say Clenard is a hero because of his positive attitude. An attitude he shared with us when talking about his injuries.

Justin was awarded a purple heart and says his plans now are to reconnect with friends and family...before working on being a drill instructor for the marines.