Family, friends give emotional farewell to deployed troops

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Saturday, June 22, 2013

67th deployment from Fort Gordon to Afghanistan. Soldiers say goodbye to families.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Emotions are running high for Keleigh Glover.

"I need him to come back home," she said.

She's watching her husband leave to go overseas for the second time.

"It was really difficult the first time because they were a lot younger, this time I thought it was going to be easier, but I had my breakdown," she said.

She and her husband, Rahed, have three kids, which she says makes this journey he's embarking on even more difficult.

"We had time enough to get the kids prepared for the deployment," she said.

Kids said goodbye to their dads and moms, some too young to even know where their parents are going.

"They get really worried, but since the way technology is, I talk to them four times a day," said Rahed Glover.

He and his fellow troops left for Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment on Saturday.

"The fact that we get to talk on Skype, and I hope it's kind of the same when he left the first time, when we were talking very often," his wife said.

That time is precious to her and her three children who want to see their dad come home safe.

"It's something I'm ready to do, especially for a lot of the younger guys that came in, and I'm ready to lead them down the way," he said.

Words of encouragement, love and faith from a wife to her husband leaving for the war today.

"They go over there and do what they have to do and get on back," she said. "He's our rock, so we need him back."

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