This week's "Hometown Hero," Cpl. Frank Houser of The United States Marine Corps., of Wynantskill, became what some may call a "hero" after he returned from deployment in Afghanistan.

As part of the “Hometown Heroes” series, we’ve partnered with County Waste, Latham Ford, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and Awards by Walsh to celebrate local unsung heroes for their good deeds and honorable work.

We asked Frank a few questions. Here's what he had to say:

Corporal Frank Houser is this week's Hometown Hero

Q: What inspires you to serve your country?
A: I have wanted to be a Marine for as long as I can remember. I love my country and like being able to give back.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?
A: Knowing that I have done something to make a difference in the world and doing everything I can to uphold the legend and honor of Marines that have gone before me.

Q: What are are some challenges that you face and how do you deal with them?
A: Knowing that my family is home worrying about me kind of got to me. Thankfully, being a part of the "Marine" life everyday and having the other Marines around me and supporting each other makes it easier on us.

Q: Do you consider yourself a "hero?" Why or why not?
A: I do not consider myself a hero. In my eyes, the Marines that made the ultimate sacrifice are  the true heroes.