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Soldiers coming home for Christmas in for a surprise

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Members of the 690th Medical Company from Fort Benning who stayed stateside are making sure their fellow comrades will have a hearty welcome home from Iraq.  

"If it was me coming home to something like this, I would feel fantastic, hope these soldiers know what we've gone through to help them out," says Specialists Kelli Wickman. 

Wickman knows all too well what it will mean to the soldiers to have their beds tucked military style, their trunks already in their rooms and goody bags.

 "It's hard coming back not having everything ready, having to start all over again. So, we're trying to give these soldiers a little bit of something to when they come back into their rooms, they'll have snacks, toilet paper and stuff like that," added Wickman.

18 of the 62 returning soldiers live in the barracks, the rest are off post.  Sergeant Samuel Norgard's wife picked up his trunk as she prepares for a cozy Christmas with her husband home for the holidays.

"I'm very excited. I can't wait, we have a one year old daughter; we just want our family to be whole again, says Kelly Norgard.

The soldiers are scheduled to arrive around 2 AM Christmas morning. 



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