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All right thousands of army privates flooding Atlanta's Hartfield airport today it is an annual tradition -- as they break from basic training to head home for Christmas at the same time the US I was on hand to make sure that they kick off their holiday is.
Just right and John -- witnesses happy event today he is live for us in Atlanta did not.
Martha good morning.
People here in Atlanta ours Phil Jackson airport -- used to seeing a lot of troops moved through but not like -- a day like today a brigade size.
Group of troops about 43 hundreds of eighty bus -- Are moving through here today to take seventeen days of block leave before coming back and finishing up their basic training for deployment.
They started arriving at 2 o'clock this morning -- continue all throughout the day that again tomorrow a group from Fort Jackson will do the same thing.
Now this is the last chance -- these troops have to go home.
And visit with family at the Christmas holidays before they get there orders for deployment.
People that we met privates like every -- win said they have no idea where they're going other privates like Kyle cleaver said.
He already has his orders he's going to the dangers.
Either zero orders are believed in for deployment -- in March and we're doing.
Had cancer and how do you feel about this your last holiday before he shipped off to Afghanistan but -- it's at its.
Hasn't been -- few -- out how do you feel about this being your last time home to see the family for Christmas before you deploy possibly to warn Afghanistan.
It's just kind of sad but so my country and a very probable Armando has served as the family feel about they're very proud -- -- Very proud.
You know there's obviously a lot of anxiety these guys a lot of them never get away from home let alone going -- wars number one fellow that we Manson regardless of where he's deployed.
He was born ready.
And in fact he was he was private -- -- want to.
Boy I'm proud of those a young man as well I'm sure their families are just over the loan proud of them and so happy to have them home for a little while.
This Christmas what other reaction from everybody else there at the airport time.
You know it's really interesting to see because people here every time the troops to walk through they applaud them they give him standing ovation -- anytime this announcement.
At the -- the troops are on board and on the plane we -- on one of those planes this morning.
They applaud and this is -- work -- done here day in and day out by the US which is a group of volunteers and staff the USS 124 hours a day.
They were out there in force today greeting the troops letting them know that they -- welcome wishing them well volunteers like -- Regina who says that.
She's just did it because it makes her feel good.
They look so young in their faces are so sweet and they appreciate the little things like became became -- -- -- not having sugar first three months but just their appreciation of the little things that we do.
And one of the people that we met there really -- the most heartfelt story which Charlie Tucker -- a Vietnam veteran who was acquired during the 1960s.
He is Manning the military center concourse -- he told me this morning that.
The way that soldiers were treated coming back from Vietnam left -- so devastated he wants to spend every day for the rest of his life.
Letting these service members know just how appreciated they are.
Martha boy I am sure that those service members truly appreciate the work that he.
And all of those other volunteers are doing out there we wish him well what a great thing for everybody during this Christmas season.
John thank you so much we'll see you later -- citizen we.
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