America's bravest head home for the holidays
A look military traffic at Atlanta's airport
- Duration 4:42
- Date Dec 24, 2012
A look military traffic at Atlanta's airport
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Many -- you are traveling over the holidays to see friends and -- for our men and women in uniform lucky enough to be heading home it is a well deserved break from the rigors of -- senior national correspondent John Roberts looks at some of the emotional reunions and first class treatment for troops traveling through Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson international airport.
The first buses arrive before 3 AM a battalion size ports of new recruits from Fort Benning Georgia their basic trading almost complete.
Each clearly focused on a single mission.
Where -- -- Raleigh, North Carolina sir I was saying Los Angeles block his doesn't it doesn't hear what the -- news and said yeah.
In all there were more than 4000 of them a supreme challenge even for the busiest airport in the world.
An operation that called for a military precision we appreciate everything -- -- at the health of employees who volunteers for midnight duty.
-- these young men coming through and I think in my own family and I think of what what they're putting at stake okay for our country and just makes you feel very proud and happy -- here.
For many of these soldiers basic training is their first time away from home.
And amid the joy of being back with loved ones for seventeen days thoughts of whether next Christmas might be in Afghanistan.
Kind of sad but so my country and a very -- an unknown served as a family feel about they're very proud and in.
Very proud I'm kind of scared I'm also really excited because well what I've been lying to do for a long time I know my mom's worried.
But -- hanging tough for me.
And my dad's proud of me and he knows -- -- Atlanta's airport is used to handling plenty of military traffic.
But for this block leave TSA set -- special security lanes to speed the soldiers on their way.
And then there is the US.
Here forty forced into welcome returning troops and -- them off to battle okay and yeah.
-- Regina volunteers with the US so every month.
They look so young in their faces are so sweet and they appreciate little things like it -- became -- -- -- not having sugar first three months but just their appreciation of the little things that we -- at the same time those fresh.
Faced recruits are headed home to contemplate what comes next for them -- group of veterans you know all too well what it's like to be in a war zone lands here in Atlanta Hartsfield airport.
-- more than 350.
From Kuwait and Afghanistan they are home only for a few short days before six more months in the war zone and it feels great.
-- on but -- and half months now so.
-- don't go home please send that we are looking forward to the next fourteen days five get they -- 44 children so my two boys are IRS and so that's not some tournaments here up in Raleigh.
And -- a -- Florida donors and relax and what advice to these combat veterans have for young warriors who may soon replace them.
She's been to some months of the best -- they could ever in the world so.
When they go there they're gonna it's going to be an honor so.
Look forward to it definitely -- to be like what airport vilified -- sixteen it to Denver on every flight.
And passengers and crew showed their appreciation for the troops a privilege they say.
To be flying alongside them.
We like to give them our personal problem board and our congratulations for -- pilots Jack Morgan and Tom Steagall make a special effort to recognize service members from Morgan was a naval aviator Steagall a marine pilot.
I was -- that when I was gone through my basic training that we are peace time.
These gentlemen from the bidding they sign up they know exactly what they're getting into an -- in -- -- sacrifice and on behalf.
But perhaps the most dedicated to this new generation of warriors.
Our veterans have the last long conflict and Vietnam time welcomed the -- very -- Austin a Vietnam -- wife tirelessly runs the airports US -- -- -- -- -- -- and how and we found Charlie Tucker many in the military lounge on concourse B.
Even now he tears up about the way he and his fellow vets were treated when they came home.
Because of that.
The way we were brought home.
That maybe that's never another troop brought home that -- Slam here.
That's -- -- veteran.
Groups are here to support these young men and women.
So it's not even tested in battle they are already heroes too thankful nation and a in Atlanta John Roberts Fox News.