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Families anxiously await soldiers return


Families in eastern Iowa are counting down the hours for 105 soldiers to return home Saturday morning.

Troops with the Second Brigade Combat Team said goodbye to loved ones at a sendoff at the UNI-Dome last August before heading to Afghanistan. It was part of the largest deployment of Iowa National Guard soldiers since World War II.

One Charles City newlywed has been anxiously waiting her soldier husband to finally come home. Jeffrey and Kathleen True spent their first year of marriage apart.

This wasn't how Kathleen pictured her first year of marriage, living in Charles City while her husband was stationed in Afghanistan. Even the wedding had to be put on hold as they got married at the court house.

"I'm hoping to get a wedding someday. I have the dress, but I got no wedding," said Kathleen.

Since Specialist Jeffrey True deployed, things haven't gotten easier for his wife. It's the little things about her husband Kathleen misses most.

"Like car repairs, so that's when it get hard or carrying the groceries by myself," Kathleen said.

To get through the year Kathleen avoided the news. She was even scared to answer the phone every now and then. On Saturday those fears will be gone, as her husband will finally be home.

"I can take a deep breath and just enjoy it. There's more joy than anything else. Everybody's asking are you nervous. I'm like no I'm just ready for it to come and hug him and kiss him," said Kathleen.

Kathleen says she hopes this will be the last time Jeffery has to be deployed, but they will have to see in three years. That would be the soonest another deployment could happen.

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