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Soldiers Home For Holiday

Hundreds of Ft. Carson soldiers are back where they belong this Thanksgiving. Home sweet home.

Wednesday night was time once again to say welcome home.

A crowd filled into Ft. Carson’s Special Events Center with handmade signs, to greet more than 240 soldiers with the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment.

"I've done this five times,” said LouAnn Platt.

The homecoming is a Thanksgiving gift for Platt. One of her four sons is home after his third assignment to Iraq. Another returned from his second earlier this year.

Surrounded by excitement and relief LouAnn hopes this could be their last.

"Maybe our new president could help with that," she said.

Her son, SSG Jeromiah, is one out of 243 home at last, dismissed to life at home in time for a holiday.

"I missed all of them last year," he said.

In three different deployments, Jeromiah spent 39 months in Iraq. He watched the situation there change first hand and allowed himself to consider the chance he may not have to go again.

"I've thought about it, but that's where I have to leave that," he said.

For now, the focus for hundreds is putting 15 months of battle behind them and catching up one more time after missing so much.

All but six soldiers with 1-6th are home for the holidays. The unit is expected to re-locate to Ft. Riley, Kansas next year.


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