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Allen returns home after losing legs in Afghanistan
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Losing both legs after stepping on an explosive device this past January, friends and neighbors of Staff Sgt. Charles Allen plan to give him the reception he missed when his fellow soldiers came home in April.In what is being kept as a surprise from the homeward- bound soldier, a reception is being planned for when his plane touches down in Clarksville this Saturday morning. The ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Outlaw Field, in honor of the 1-75th Cavalry member. Organizers are encouraging friends and well-wishers to show up at the airport with signs to cheer Allen, helping give him the reception his fellow soldiers received when they returned home from combat.Allen has been under treatment at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. since shortly after he stepped on the explosive device while on patrol looking for IEDs in Afghanistan.