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Aug 12, 2010 7:06 PM by Melissa Hawkes

256th Soldiers from Jeanerette Return

About a dozen National Guardsmen from the 256th Infantry Brigade made their way back home to Jeanerette. They were gone for six months, but were originally expected to be gone for an entire year. Their mission was cut short because of a reduction in the number of troops.

One by one members of the 256th national guard rushed off the bus into the arms of their loved ones.

Kenneth Bernard said, he was just "happy to be home." He couldn't stop smiling after getting hugs from all of his family. The hardest part for him was just "staying away from my family, I'm just thanking the lord I'm back," Bernard said.

His first mission now that he's back --- eating a home cooked meal.

His wife,Keisha Bernard, said, "I am going to go home and cook something for my husband." An idea Bernard like because he said he was hungry after the long bus ride.

Another solider, Sergeant Richard Vosbein, has been deployed to Iraq before.

He said, "when you are married with children, coming back rediscovering each other, adapting to each, learning to pick up the pieces and moving on. It actually makes you stronger."

His wife, Juanita Vosbein, said "he called and said we are coming home. I started jumping up and down all excited."

Their son Ricardo, welcomed his dad off the bus. He said, "I was just running, running like crazy."

Now both soldiers are off to start adjusting to life back home in
Louisiana

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