YOUNG Grantham soldier Jason Mitchell gets the best welcome home anyone could wish for on his return from Afghanistan - a big kiss from his mum!
Lance Bombadier Mitchell, of Range Road, Grantham, returned home on Wednesday night after completing his second tour of Afghanistan.
Proud mum Julie King said: “I love it when he comes home. It’s great to see him back.
“My husband always says to look at it like he is just working away and will be coming home at the end of it but he’s more used to it than I am because his two brothers were in the Army too.
“I don’t like it but what mother would? You can’t stop them from going because it’s what they want to do and he absolutely loves his job.”
L Bdr Mitchell, 20, is delighted to be back in Grantham but admits he does enjoy the Army life.
He said: “I do love my job and always prefer being out there to being in camp but it’s awesome to be back home.”
Jason wanted to be a soldier ever since the age of 11 and is part of a proud family tradition of serving in the Armed Forces.
While in Afghanistan he served alongside his cousin and fellow ex-Central School pupil Staff Sergeant Darren King.
Julie’s step-son is in the Army while two of her nephews, as well as Staff Sgt King, also serve their country.
Her husband’s two brothers served in the Armed Forces and Jason’s two grandfathers completed their national service.
Julie said: “It’s been in our family for a long time now, going right back to granddads.
“You could say we’re an army barmy family!”
Julie hopes the town appreciates the efforts of people like her son who spend months away from home serving their country.
She said: “It’s nice to think that in Grantham we have lads that are doing this for their country. A lot of people might not know there are local lads out there.”