- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - There was no airport reception, no motorcade.

No reporters, speeches or awards.

It was just a sailor and the love of his life coming home - the highlight of that homecoming being hugs from family members and an evening out with friends.

“We like low key,” Taylor Morris said in his usual plainspoken manner.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1gDTkO4 ) Morris and longtime girlfriend Danielle Kelly slipped quietly into town the weekend before last - two years to the day after Morris, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal expert, lost portions of all four limbs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

Morris and Kelly are home for good. They drove from Washington, D.C., a journey of 17 hours. Morris, fitted with artificial limbs, did most of the driving.

He was officially discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after two years of rehabilitation, assisted by Kelly.

The results of his hard work show. He moves smoothly on artificial legs about his parents’ Cedar Falls home. He’s made visible improvement from when he was first fitted two years ago, even since he and Kelly were in town for the Aug. 3 benefit concert by actor Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band. The event raised money to build the couple an iPad-operated “smart home” to accommodate Morris‘ disabilities.

They’re still looking for a site on which to build that home - but it will definitely be in the Cedar Falls area.

Until they find the right location, Morris and Kelly are staying with Taylor’s parents, Dan and Juli Morris, who are building an addition onto their home, in part to provide additional living space for Taylor and Danielle.

It’s good to be home.

“It’s great,” Morris said. The Walter Reed staff was excellent, he said, but it was time to come home.

“I kind of stopped going to physical therapy every day and started focusing on more everyday practical stuff, like walking - getting out of the clinic, which was just super, super accessible - and getting out into the real world,” he said.

He and Danielle celebrated Taylor’s “alive day” - the second anniversary of the explosion he survived.

“It just kind of happened to be the same day we got back in town, the way that our travel plans worked out,” he said. “We had a little celebration with the friends and everything.” They started at his parents’ house and visited Toad’s Bar & Grill on the Parkade downtown.

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