A Lubbock couple appealed to the U.S. government for years to try to bring home from Iraq the remains of their son, an Air Force pilot who died during a combat mission in 2006.

On Friday, the wish of Ronnie Gilbert and his wife was granted. The couple told KAMC-28 that the Pentagon is reopening the MIA case of Major Troy Gilbert a renewing the search for his remains.

Troy Gilbert was killed when his F-16 crashed as he tried again and again to provide air support to U.S. servicemen on the ground. After his death, insurgents released a graphic video of his body lying next to the wreckage of his plane. A part of his verified by DNA was brought home after the crash and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Gilberts want their son's full remains returned. They know that it may take years to find their son's remains. But, knowing that an effort is being made encourages them.