Hero Homecoming

Posted By: Sarah Hildmann

There will be a soldier in the crowd at Lowes Motor Speedway this weekend who hasn't been home to the Charlotte area for three years.

John Hyland was seriously injured in Iraq last September and went straight from Iraq to one hospital after another.

He never got his heroes welcome home until today.

Hyland will be at the race as a guest of Rick Hendrick.  Last December Hendrick gave the Hyland family a wheelchair accessible van to use in Texas where they live and where he's being treated.  He's hoping to meet Hendrick to say thank you this weekend.

Hyland has had 27 surgeries so far, but all that's left now is to learn to walk on his new prosthetic leg.