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Dec 11, 2011 9:13 PM by Maddie Garrett

Home for the Holidays, Soldiers Reunited with their Families

After a year in Afghanistan, almost 4,000 troops from the 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Division are finally all home, save 24 who lost their lives in service. To mark the homecoming, the city of Leesville, hometown to Fort Polk, hosted a huge party, ceremony and parade in their honor.

"God bless me I'm back, made it back so I'm happy to be here with my family, my son out here, eating good, my wife, so everything's good," said Gregory Hamilton, a soldier out of Fort Polk.

And there was a lot of good going around in Leesville Saturday, most importantly families enjoying the day together.

"It makes me proud, I know all these people went through the same thing we did," said Faye Carlile, who's husband is in the Army.

It isn't easy to leave loved ones behind to serve overseas. And as they fight for our country, families at home fight to support them. It was especially difficult for Genoveva Mendoza, a single mom in the Army, with two young girls.

"I think kids are definitely more attached to mother, so I think it's definitely a lot harder for a mom to be away from her kids," said Mendoza.

For the past couple of months soldiers out of Fort Polk have been coming home in the hundreds. Finally they're all back, just in time for the holidays.

"Me being hispanic we're very big in our hispanic culture for CHristmas so it's really really good," said Mendoza.

"Last Christmas, we missed last Christmas, missed being home with my son. So it's going to be real good to actually be home and be with family," said Hamilton.

While these soldiers may have to deploy in years to come, for now they're savoring the moments with their families this holiday season.



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