Officials stated there are exceptions. But the standard time for return is approximately 36 to 48 hours.
Debbie said she's just glad she can lay her husband to rest.
"The fight has been a battle. But we've done it all for our family to make sure he got the proper welcome home," she said.
After starting a petition that has garnered thousands of signatures, as well as reaching out to lawmakers, a Newport family will soon be reunited with their veteran father who died while working as a contractor in Afghanistan.
The body of Scott Allen Manley landed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Wednesday afternoon, his family told NewsChannel 12. His family said they hope to have Manley back home in Newport by Friday or Saturday, after his body undergoes an autopsy and gets embalmed.
Manley was working as a government contractor at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan when he suffered heart problems and died late Friday night, said his daughters, Samantha and Whitney Salter.
Manley had served in the Air Force for 24 years before working as a government contractor for the past seven years.
At first, his daughters were told that since Manley was not an active military member anymore, his body could not be brought home via a military flight.
According to Samantha, she and her family were told they'd have to wait up to two weeks before Manley's body gets returned home.
To get Manley's body home sooner, Samantha and Whitney started an online petition-- one that has received almost 2,000 signatures. In addition, the sisters reached out to congressmen, the State Department and even the Pentagon.
Congressman Walter B. Jones saw their story and had been working with them since early Monday to get Manley's body back home from Afghanistan, Jone's communications director stated.
Manley's family said they will make funeral plans once his body returns to Newport in the next few days.
According to family, Manley spent the last seven years working as a government contractor for Rockwell Collins. His job was to lay fiber optic cables. Officials at Rockwell Collins stated they plan to pay for anything his family needs.
A local veteran died last week while working as a government contractor at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. But his family in Newport says his body is not being brought home immediately-- just because he was not an active member of the military anymore.
Scott Manley, known to loved ones as Sam, had been working for the military for more than 30 years, his family told NewsChannel 12. Manley first served in the Air Force for 24 years, before working as a government contractor for the last seven years.
But Manley died from heart problems at Camp Leatherneck late Friday night, said his daughters, Samantha and Whitney Salter. They were told that since Manley was not an active military member anymore, his body could not be brought home via a military flight.
According to Samantha, she and her family were told they'd have to wait another seven to 14 days before Manley's body gets returned home.
"What's going on? Why does my family have to go through this? He was a veteran," Samantha said.
"Our hearts are very heavy. It’s an extra burden that nobody should have to go through in a grieving period," Whitney added.
Samantha said she doesn't understand why her father's body cannot be brought back home via a military flight, especially considering that he took military flights every time he went on leave.
"If he was taking military flights to get back over there, why can't he be put on a military flight back here to his family?," Samantha questioned.
To get answers, Samantha and Whitney started an online petition-- one that has received almost 1,500 signatures as of Tuesday night. The sisters have reached out to congressmen, the State Department and even the Pentagon.