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Soldier returns to NKY after tour in Afghanistan

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COLD SPRING, KY (FOX19) -

Sergeant Zachary Rawlings hasn't been in Northern Kentucky since Father's Day but this homecoming means a little something more.

"It was very emotional but much more joyous because we know that he's home for good now and we know that he is safe on U.S. soil," said Rawlings' father Dave Rawlings.

Rawlings finished a 10-month tour in Afghanistan and is ready to complete his second mission, Running For Our Heroes.

Rawlings pledged on Facebook to run 1,000 miles his last 200 days in Afghanistan. He posts his progress on Facebook and asks for donations for the families of his fallen comrades Army Spc. Russell Madden of Bellevue and Army Pfc. Brandon Pickering of Ft. Thomas.

"I did it to motivate myself to run overseas," said Sgt. Rawlings.

"That experience has been just as good as the year I spent over there. We raised a lot of money for some good families."

Rawlings saved his last 100 miles to run on American soil.

He hopes to save his final three for a community Running For Our Heroes 5k to meet his fundraising goal of $10,000.

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