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Marine home from Afghanistan for Thanksgiving

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) A Waterloo family welcomed home their daughter and sister Monday at the Waterloo Regional Airport.

Corporal Emily Shull has been in Afghanistan since February. She arrived home around 4 p.m. Monday. The day dragged on for sister Kathryn Shull.

"Doing homework, trying to stay occupied, trying to stop looking at the clock because time goes slower when you just watch the clock," said Kathryn Shull.

Kathryn Shull was counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until her sister Emily arrived home from Afghanistan.

"I'm really, really excited," said Shull.

Kathryn go balloons and made a sign with a friend to help welcome her older sister home.

"We're using some of her favorite colors and some pictures of her that she might not like, but I'm gonna use them anyway," she said.

Emily Shull is home on R&R until December first.

"She's most looking forward to the food. We like food and she doesn't get good food over there in Afghanistan so whatever she can get while she's home," said Kathryn Shull.

Besides Emily, the two Shull boys, also serving in the Marine Corps will make it home for Thanksgiving. They're stationed in the U.S. at non-deployable bases. It's the first time in nearly four years all the children have come home for the holiday.

"It'll be a lot more with all of us because it hasn't been that way in a while. We have a lot of fun when we get together. It'll be louder in the house," said Kathryn Shull.

The family tradition of serving is largely why Kathryn also enlisted.

"This is something I want to do. Everyone else in the family has done it," she said.

Kathryn leaves for boot camp in January. Emily should be home from Afghanistan in April.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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