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04/19/06

Families Wait Anxiously for 48th Brigade's Return

Its been about a year since the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade deployed to Iraq. Some are already back, and tonight, about 300 others will join them on American soil.

WTOC spoke with some anxious families today as they waited for their loved ones to return. These last few hours have been going by very slowly for them. They cannot wait to see their Guardsmen and -women marching across Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field.

Families are crowding hotels all over Hinesville trying to relax while waiting nervously. We met with the family of Spc. Daniel B. Paul. They say today's wait has been tough, especially since they had a grueling trip from Ohio, but it's all worth it to satisfy a year's worth of anxiety.

"Every once in a while, it'd be like heaven when you'd sign on your computer and he'd be online, and you'd get a chance to talk to him, back and forth," his uncle Bernie Paul told us. "Just to know that you saw him online, you know he's okay."

Those National Guardsmen and -women are set to land late tonight at Hunter Army Airfield. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will be there to greet them. Then he's coming to Fort Stewart to take part in the welcome home ceremony.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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