California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell and wife, Laura
Emotions ran high at Cal Lutheran University as Navy Lt. Commander Jeff Gorell, a member of the California State Assembly, was greeted with cheers and smiling faces by more than a hundred people Wednesday, who greeted and welcomed him home from Afghanistan.
Gorell served a year on active duty as a military intelligence officer.
“It’s fantastic to be back. Four months was a long time to be away from your family and the job you love, community you love, so I’m glad to be back,” he said.
He was on leave from the Assembly, with pay suspended, starting in March 20, 2011.
The images of his time spent at a military base deep in the Afghan war zone were still very vivid, as he stood in front of his family and admirers in Thousand Oaks.
Here is a video report from Los Angeles television.
And, one last photo, which I thought was especially moving: