Kentucky Troops Head To Iraq

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80 Kentucky soldiers are being deployed to Iraq.

The soldiers will be gone for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but they say they won't be gone without purpose.

"I'm just happy about going over there to help them out. so they can have a life like we do over here in the U.S," said Chris Shoumacher.

The 80 soldiers make up about 500 that are already being deployed to Iraq. That's the largest number of Kentucky soldiers ever, deployed to that part of the world.

General Donald Storm calls the group the finest in the nation.

"You're going over there to make a difference and a contribution.," said General Storm.

The troops will be assisting security forces already in Iraq.