Valley Marine home in time for July 4th

By Catherine Holland & Steve Bodinet | 3TV | | July 4, 2011

MESA, Ariz. — One Valley family is celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in the best possible way. They’re welcoming home their Marine.

Cpl. Robert Bruce of Mesa was wounded in Afghanistan during a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A roadside bomb cost him both of his legs below the knees.

3TV’s Steve Bodinet said Saturday’s homecoming celebration was an event full of both smiles and tears. It wasn’t just a way to welcome Bruce home, it also was a fundraiser for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps wounded Marines — like Bruce — and their families.

To learn more about the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, call either 760-725-3680 or 760-207-0887, or visit

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