Army Pvt. Michael Gonzalez of Madera is home on block leave and will return to Fort Carson, Colo., on Feb. 19 to be deployed to Afghanistan next month.
Gonzalez was welcomed by his family, who spent time with him Thursday afternoon.
“We’ve all missed him a lot and we pray that wherever he’s training, that God takes care of him,” said Rachel Flores, Gonzalez’s grandmother.
Gonzalez was also received by his sisters Yvonne Gonzalez, Yvette Gonzalez, Rebecca Flores, Clarissa Flores and brother Angel Flores...