"Cant say enough except what a loving family I have and the communitty Ii live in. Im greatful for what theyve done for me," he said.
When his old vehichle caught fire a few months ago, members at Sibley United Methodist Church decided to step up. They raised thousands of dollars to purchase a new one.
"Erics a great guy. Hes serving our country. He needed help tp get back where he was before he left and were so pleased to do it as a community," Pastor Milton Geltz said.
Geltz says when Erics home, hes the first to help those in need. Thats why returning the favor was so easy.
"Hes an important part of our church family and community," he continued.
For now, the old truck will stay at the Walker home. Eric says he may salvage and use parts later, but for now, hell focus on being home and on the new one.
"It was a good surprise to me and everything and the incident that took place. Im very happy," he said.
Walker plans on relaxing over the next two weeks and spending some much needed time with family.
"Im so happy. Im excited that hes home and cant wait to spend two weeks with him," daughter Amberleigh Walker said.
Wife Mandy says the last six months have been rough with Eric gone, but is enjoying the feeling of being complete today. "Everythings right. Hes home and got got him a vehichle and stuff. Everything feels right right now," she said with a smile.