Wounded Marine receives a warm welcome home

By Vanessa Johnson

August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

PEORIA, IL. -- A Central Illinois family has helped to welcome more than 140 veterans home to Central Illinois.

Friday, Betty Asher and her husband Earl welcomed home their first wounded vet, their son Justin.

Lance Corporal Justin Beer was shot in the leg by a sniper on Memorial Day, while in Afghanistan.

He suffered severe nerve damage to the leg and has been in a California medical center since.

"It's pretty tough, trying to come back and get better and deal with the fact that you can't really do your job like you used too. But it is always great to know that you have a community and family that supports you 100%. So it makes it a little bit easier," LCpl Justin Beer, U.S. Marine.

Riding off his last name, Beer, the veteran was treated to a special ride home on a Budweiser brewery truck, decked out in fatigues.

Lance Corporal Beer will be home for two weeks before returning to California.

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