Soldiers come home before the holidays

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email
It was after midnight, but some families were nowhere close to sleeping. After a year-long deployment soldiers from the Georgia Army National Guard finally came home Sunday and were welcomed by some pretty happy wives, dads, and kids. News12 was also there and talked to one local family who says the timing is perfect

Soldiers return to Fort Gordon (WRDW-TV)

News 12 / Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- "I was just filled with joy I even cried... I cried," said the wife of a guardsmen.

Tears of joy and overdue hugs is what many soldiers of the Georgia National Guard came to early Sunday morning.

"I don't even think Christmas is going to be as good as this," said Robin Lorenz

Lorenz and her two boys haven't seen their solider for a year. She says being strong for her sons is important, but there have been times when her emotions were hard to hide.

"There was one incident where he caught me crying and he goes, "momma" and reaches and wants a hug. So, I gave him a hug and they always try to make things better," she told News 12.

The soldiers served on different missions while in Afghanistan, including dangerous dynamite testing, but now the toughest test many will face is what to get their loved ones for Christmas.

So, while all the families are getting ready to celebrate the Thanksgiving and winter holidays together-- one family has to celebrate another special occasion first.

"He's like...What do you want for your birthday? Well, honey you're coming home...You're my gift. That's the best gift besides my kids I could ever get." Lorenz told News12.

The 878th Georgia National Guard welcomed back more than 150 soldiers. Altogether the state welcomed back over 300 Georgia National Guardsmen between Saturday and Sunday.

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