Tearful Goodbyes as Mid-South Soldiers Leave for Afghanistan

Tearful Goodbyes as Mid-South Soldiers Leave for Afghanistan

More than 100 Mid-South soldiers left Tuesday morning for a year long deployment in Afghanistan. Hundreds of family and friends filled the National Guard Armory in Bolivar, TN to say goodbye to their loved ones.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - More than 100 Mid-South soldiers left Tuesday morning for a year long deployment in Afghanistan. Hundreds of family and friends filled the National Guard Armory in Bolivar, TN to say goodbye to their loved ones.

Filled with tears and hugs, the last few moments are precious. Nikki Brown's husband is leaving on his third deployment, "I'm proud to be a military family, it's a sacrifice they make, we also make, and I'm sad at the same. They leave, you have to do without them."

Brown says the last few moments never get easier. Brown is the leader of the Family Readiness Group. The group's goal is to help keep life as normal as possible for the families left behind with support meetings and kids activities. "For a lot of them this is a first deployment, they don't know what to expect." She says, "It's more sadness than anything, they don't know what to think, what to expect, and that's what we're here for is to help them."

107 Tennessee Army National Guard soldiers from the 251st Military Police Company are leaving for a month of advanced training in Texas, then will spend the entire year in Afghanistan, missing valuable life moments to defend our Country and our freedom.

As families begin to part, the group left behind becomes a new family, strong together as they wait to become whole again.


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