CHARLOTTE, NC -- What does it mean to be a good neighbor? On Brotherly Lane in Charlotte, it’s all about having someone watching your back.
"We got the community together and placed flags out on the mailboxes, every house has a flag," Pat and Steve Massa said.
It’s dangerous work that is much appreciated by his country and his neighbors who have returned the favor by mowing Bridget’s yard every week he was gone.
“Whatever we did to ours, we did to theirs, it was the least we could do for someone who is serving our country,” Steve Massa said.
In a moment, you’ll learn why that effort is so appreciated, but first, the anticipation of the moment is building, Bridget’s car finally heads down the street, met here in his neighborhood with cheers and the colors of home.
“I’m just so happy to be home, it’s been a long time,” Bridget said.
His mother, like any mother, is thrilled.
“First, I had prostate cancer,” Steve said.
"Then they found the cancer and a week later I went in and they took out four feet of my colon, just 3 weeks ago," Pat said.
Both suffering from cancer, and both continuing to honor their neighbor’s sacrifice in a war zone. Their struggle did not go unnoticed by Bridget’s wife Rhonda.
“Looking out for your brother, yes, yes they were," she said.
The Massa’s were given a plaque and a flag that flew in Afghanistan.