Operation Holiday Homecoming

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

An initiative spearheaded by Governor Brady Henry is designed to allow hundreds of troops a trip home for the holidays, Teddy Safo has more on Operation Holiday Homecoming.

Almost $600,000 has been raised to bring about 2,600 National Guardsmen and Women home for the holidays, and the efforts are more than just a moral boost for the troops.

"Families stay back on the home front.. They carry the entire load of their counterparts going away. They support their loved ones. That’s what this great nation is all about."

That’s especially the case for those who have children at home.

"It’s hard for them him being gone but they understand, they are looking forward to him coming home."

Efforts are underway even here at home.

Both the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations are donating buses to bring members of the 1245th and 345th from Fort Bliss, Texas, where they are currently training.

For Specialist Melissa Ducharme it means everything having her husband home with the family before going back to training.

"I know it’s good for him to be able to come home. He’s really excited see the kids one more time. Morale is great from them to come home."

About 230 members of the 1245th and 345 are set to arrive two days before Christmas and return to Ft. Bliss on January 2nd.


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  • by Robin Location: Durant OK on Dec 7, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    A very special thanks to Gov Brad Henry and the Chicasaw and Choctaw Nations for their efforts in getting my son home to be with us before he leaves for Iraq in January. I am grateful to live where the soldiers, and their sacrifices are recognized appropriatley. I am proud to be an Okie!
  • by Adan Location: Ardmore on Dec 7, 2007 at 06:32 AM
    Of course KXII hasnt done a fundraiser for our Soldiers. They will do all kinds for anything else (especially in Texas) but when it comes to the Military they turn their backs just like half of the other businesses and organizations. Do something good for once KXII help these men and women get home. I hate to say it but it could be the last time some of them will see their families. GET THEM HOME!!!!
  • by Retired Vet Location: Durant on Dec 6, 2007 at 12:41 PM
    You would think that raising money to support the people who are fighting to protect our freedoms would be easy.....it should be easy.....Has KXII done a fundraiser or donated any money to this worthwhile cause?
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