Boise man Ben Driebergen is the 'Sole Survivor'

Congrats to Ben Driebergen!

A Boise man is coming home $1 million richer after winning Season 35 of Survivor.

This season was Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

After 39 days, a tribe swap and several crazy idol plays the show crowned their latest champion Wednesday night.

Congrats to Ben Driebergen!

Ben is a Boise native. He went to Capital High School and later went on to serve our country as a U.S. Marine.

He served in Iraq and opened up several times throughout the season about his battle with PTSD.

He represented the hero tribe.

The new champ gave his wife a huge kiss after he was announced the winner, then hugged the rest of his family members who were at the LIVE Survivor finale.

The 34-year-old Marine proved he is willing to do whatever it takes to get to the end -- including winning a fire-making competition to make it into the final three.

Following his insane idol play last week, Wednesday's episode kicked off with Ben joining Chrissy Hofbeck, Devon Pinto, Ryan Ulrich and Mike Zahalsky in the final five. After Dr. Mike was voted out, Ben was left to battle it out with Devon in a fire-making challenge and came out victorious when the 23-year-old surf instructor clearly didn't practice.

"I was not put here. I got myself here. And I told everyone I was out here for my family, and I am out here for my family, and I talked about stuff that happened in the military," he continued, emotionally speaking about his battle with PTSD. "So if I can be labeled a hero for showing all those vets that it can be done and there is happiness -- you're going to have to work hard for it, but it can be done."

KBOI 2News was invited to be part of the local watch party with Ben's family members.

Here is what they had to say about the results:

Survivor returns for season 36 next spring on CBS.

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