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160 Soldiers Return Home From Afghanistan
PIQUA -- Just a few hours ago about 160 Soldiers from the Ohio National Guard 1487th Transportation Company came home.
"His son is five years old and he hasn't seen him since Christmas," said Nikki Nickell of Middletown who hasn't seen her brother Eric since last year when he left for Afghanistan.
Hundreds of families wait.
"His biggest mission was to come home," said Kendra Faunce who's brother returned home.
Some with signs and balloons, others in the rain.
"Look for him I don't know what's bus he is on," said Nickell. "It's going to be hard but I'm going to try to hold back the tears."
Christmas. That was the last time these family members got to see their loved ones it's been more than nine months so you know a little bit of rain wasn't enough to stop this homecoming.
As Nikki watches family after family begin to reunite, she continues searching for her brother. With each call you can hear the anxiety rise in her voice.
"Wheres uncle Eric where's uncle Eric?" she said.
Until finally the 9 month wait comes to an end.
"It's uncle Eric baby," she said. "Pure relief, I'm so happy he's home. That's my baby brother I missed him. It just seems like it took so long.
The first person Eric hugged was his 5 year old son.
"I immediately asked where's my boy so I went and grab my boy," said Eric Helton, 25. "I'm just overwhelmed with emotion. I'm just glad it's over with and I'm back with my family."
"Just love seeing the look on his face when he saw his boy," said Nickell.
"This little guy right here he is my world I don't know what I would do without him," said Helton.
"I said I missed him," said his son Caleb. "I missed him all the time."
But sadly for some, they will be coming home to a government shutdown.
"There could be some soldiers within this group that our federal technicians that right now are furloughed. That will come back to not having employment until this gets cleared up," said Aaron Keighley of the Ohio National Guard.
But today was all about just being with the one you love.
"This is like a glorious occasion to see her come home healthy," said Jonathan Cain, who's niece just returned. "I just went up and gave her a big hug and then I started talking because it was so emotional on both sides."
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