Shelby Anderson returns from his service in Iraq |

Shelby Anderson returns from his service in Iraq

Summit Daily/Julie Sutor Summit County's Shelby Anderson (dressed in fatigues) was welcomed home from the war in Iraq by friends and family on Wednesday.

BRECKENRIDGE – Twenty-year-old Shelby Anderson returned home safely to Breckenridge Wednesday after serving for a year in Iraq. A group of friends, family and Dillon Community Church members crowded the walkway to his home, festively decorated with American flags and red, white and blue stars.

“I feel like I can breath again,” said Anderson’s mother, Susan.Anderson served in Baghdad and Al Kut in the U.S. Army’s Second Armored Cavalry Regiment. He said he received tremendous support from Summit County residents in the form of packages, letters and snacks, making him the top mail recipient in his platoon.

In a few days, Anderson will leave for Fort Polk in Louisiana to continue his military career, despite some disillusionment over his time in Iraq.

“I’ll do whatever I have to do, but I’m against us being over there right now. It’s a waste of time,” Anderson said.- Julie Sutor

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