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Soldier returns home to donate liver to dying grandfather


A soldier serving in Afghanistan is making a special trip home  - to try to save his grandfather's life.

The 21-year-old is returning to be tested as a possible match for his dying grandfather in need of a liver.

He spent 4 years in the Marines, 16 years in the Army, survived the savage fighting in Vietnam, but now 62 year old Rick Homer is dying.

I found out about it a little over 3 years ago. It's what they call hemochromatosis. It doesn't purify the blood like it's supposed to.
He could have been on a donor list for years, but his grandson, 21 year old Army Specialist Ricky Glenn, came to his rescue.

I'm the 1st born grandson and I carry my grandfather's name. So the thought of regret of knowing I could have done something and didn't would of outweighed more of, doing it now. 

Gleen arranged with his commanding officer to be flown back from Afghanistan to Baylor Medical Center to be tested as a match.
He will donate 60%of his own liver.

"Proud....You know, that my husband and I raised him right. He called me after he had talked to his commanding officers and told me."

His family says Glenns act personifies honor, courage, and love.

One of the Doctors tried to talk him out of it....and he said 'no.'

But Homer knows only one way to describe it.
"He's my hero..."

People don't understand what he really is, until something like this happens.
For Glenn it's all about family.

I don't really see myself as a hero, you do what you do for the ones that you love.

The family is planning for the surgery to take place in a few weeks.