PEORIA (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) -- A former Army Sergeant said he feels whole again.
He's home tonight with the dog who saved the lives of many soldiers while they were in Afghanistan.
Heart of Illinois ABC has an exclusive look at the emotional afternoon at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport Sunday afternoon.
Former Infantry Sergeant Ralph White landed in Peoria with IKAR1.
As Heart of Illinois ABC previously reported, White said he was promised he'd get the chance to adopt IKAR after their time in the Army was up.
White was separated from IKAR when they got back to the states and has fought for years to get him back.
Earlier this year he learned the canine was at a military base in Texas.
He and his wife flew there Saturday to bring IKAR home.
"I got the email and they're like 'You can come and get him he's ready to go and they were like we can hold him as long we you need us to until you can get down here.' I said you don't have to wait long because I'm coming this weekend to get him," said White.
IKAR was brought to Peoria on his 11th birthday.
White said it doesn't matter how much time they have together.
He's just happy to have Ikar back.
Tune in Monday, 8/23 at 10 pm for more on this reunion.