Iraq vet honored on his return home

NORWICH – Spec. Military Policeman Joshua J. Palmer said that to be back spending time with family and friends in his home state, after completing a second tour in Iraq, is a wonderful feeling.

Palmer, 24, a Sidney-native and father of two who now lives in Ft. Benning, Ga., with his wife Victoria, gathered with loved ones and community members on Saturday night at the Chenango County Farm Bureau headquarters in Norwich to receive a citation from the New York state legislature, in honor of his dedicated military service. The award was given in-absentia by Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, who was unable to attend the ceremony sponsored by the farm bureau.

“It’s a lot to adjust to,” said Palmer, who arrived back in United States Dec. 11, referring to being away from the fighting. “One of the more difficult things to adjust to is the traffic laws,” he said laughingly. “The best thing is not having to worry about getting hurt.”

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