Chad Sevier is back at work and he's glad to be there. The Brazil City mail carrier is also a member of the 181st Fighter Wing Indiana National Guard out of Terre Haute and has spent the last three months in Iraq.
The E6 fuel specialist has been in the Guards for nine years and was in active service for four. This was his fifth tour of duty in the Middle East.
Sevier grew up in Jasonville and now lives south of Indianapolis with wife, Pamela and their four children who are 12, 7 and 3-year-old twins. For the past year and a half he has commuted to Brazil every day to complete his appointed rounds.
His co-workers are glad he's returned home safely. They had a pitch-in Wednesday to celebrate his first day back on the job. Yellow ribbons and welcome home signs enhanced his work station. And one fellow employee made a cake with white icing decorated with strawberries and blueberries to make the American Flag.
Postmaster Dave Nasser welcomed back the modest soldier.
"We want to let Chad know how proud of him we are," Nasser said as the other employees nodded their agreement. "We're proud of the fact that he served his country and we're proud of the fact that he's a member of the Post Office... He's a real American Hero."
Sevier was asked his feelings regarding Iraq and our country's involvement there.
"We're there to do a good thing," he said softly. "Hopefully it'll turn out good. The majority of people you meet want you there. Still a significant amount don't want you there.
"I love America," Sevier continued with conviction. "It's the greatest place in the world. You definitely realize it when you go to places like that. But if my country calls me to go again, I'll go."