Local troops spend the holidays at home, thanks to generous donations
The Laredo National Guard Bravo Company stationed in El Paso has made their way home before deploying overseas. The plane landed just before seven o'clock and everyone aboard couldn't wait to get home to their families.
It’s been a long-awaited homecoming for 96 soldiers set to be deployed overseas, but before they go they made a pit stop at home because there was no other place they'd rather be.
"It feels great. It’s one of the greatest feelings I feel right now in my life."
“Just spending time with my family. I haven't seen them in awhile, so hopefully I get to spend good time."
"It feels great. I’m happy. We want to thank everyone in the Laredo community and our sponsors. We’re glad to be home."
All made possible by the Bring The Boys Home campaign and Farouk Shami, a Houston man who generously wrote a check for the difference.
"That’s offering money. Those are people who are offering lives to protect us to protect our democracy and our freedom so money is nothing. This is what counts."
The soldiers have landed only to be whisked away to the Casa Blanca Ballroom where they will be reunited with their families and enjoy an early Thanksgiving feast.
All 96 soldiers loaded up into 3 metro buses and led by police escort to the reception hall, where they entered a room full of family and friends, some fighting back tears of joy.
One woman says she's glad her husband's is here, even if it’s just for a little bit because he's going to leave again.
And a mother shares the same feeling:
"It’s too bad we're only having him for 4 days but we're going to cherish those four days."
And her son's wife along beside her:
"I am very grateful and excited. We just recently got married and we didn't have time for a honeymoon but we're looking forward because what they are doing for this country is very brave and all we can do is support them and be there."
And her husband says Amen to that!
"I know that the community likes to show their patriotism cause they're appreciative of what we do and we thank their support. That’s Laredo."
Those soldiers will be home for four days and then will go back to El Paso to get ready for deployment overseas.