Posted: Sep 30, 2012 7:18 PM by MTN News
Updated: Oct 1, 2012 10:30 AM
BUTTE- Danielle Jarvis, lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, has returned home to Butte after a nine-month tour in Afghanistan.
Jarvis celebrated her homecoming, as well as her 40th birthday over the weekend with an 80's themed party. Jarvis' friends and family gathered in 80's costumes to welcome her home.
"I'm glad to be home," Jarvis said. "I'm glad to be back in America. You know them all being here supporting me and welcoming me home is like a big hug."
A fellow soldier from the Montana Army National Guard helped welcome her home.
"Every solider, every sailor, marine, airman, when they return from deployment overseas in a combat zone they should be welcomed back by somebody in the military, and we always try to do that," said Major Tracy J. Swanson.
During her time in Afghanistan, Jarvis worked as a Navy nurse caring for injured soldiers.
"She started as a nurse's aide when she was in high school," said Brenda Jarvis, her mother. "She has always been a go-getter."
"We were always worried, but my sister is a tough warrior," said John Jarvis, her older brother. "She's from Butte you know, you got to be tough."
Jarvis plans to move to Colorado to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and said she is looking forward to working with her fellow veterans.