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Missing Army Veteran Bruce Windorski Found Alive

Windorski (right) is an avid outdoors man. He, his wife Courtney (left), and their family enjoy hunting and fishing. Courtney Windorski

Army veteran Bruce Windorski, who vanished from his northern Wisconsin home on October 17th, has been found alive in Missouri.

The Oconto County Sheriff's Office confirmed Bruce was located safely in Missouri, but no other details have been released.

"The hug and kiss was long awaited," Bruce’s wife, Courtney, told Dateline NBC Wednesday morning. The family is asking for privacy at this time.

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Windorski left his family's home for what he said was a veterans' retreat on Saturday, October 17th. However, there was reportedly no retreat planned that weekend. Law enforcement was able to trace Bruce's cellphone and the last place it connected was a tower in southern Missouri the week after he disappeared.

The former Army Ranger-turned-police-officer, and now self-employed graphic designer, has suffered from PTSD for a number of years. In January, Bruce headed out as a civilian to Syria to fight ISIS.

In his own words, Windorski told his story to the Wall Street Journal in September, explaining that when he learned the militants who took credit for the 2009 downing of his brother Phil’s Army helicopter in Iraq were joining ISIS, he boarded a flight to Istanbul then on to Iraq without telling wife Courtney where he was headed. From Iraq, he made his way into Syria. He returned home several months later.