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Kentucky based soldiers returning just in time for Christmas

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WKYT) - For many Kentucky families it will be a wonderful gift just in time for Christmas. A group of soldiers will be coming home for the holidays after spending months overseas.

"We are beyond excited to see him again," said Maureen "Moe" Wiglesworth.

It's been more than ten months since Wiglesworth has seen her husband, SSG Andrew Wiglesworth. He's been in Afghanistan with the Kentucky National Guard's 149th Vertical Construction Company.

"This is kind of what we signed up to do as a military family, we've done this before, it doesn't make it any easier," she said.

Her husband had missed numerous holidays since the deployment. At Thanksgiving a yard gnome wearing fatigues, nicknamed Afghan Andy, took his place at the dinner table.

"He sat right by me on the table," she said. "It was hard but I got to talk to him," Wiglesworth said.

She has been able to talk to her husband almost every day since his deployment. Despite the close contact there are some big moments he has missed. While Andrew was gone his granddaughter was born and Sunday will be the first time he meets her.

"He's a very family oriented man and loves the babies so seeing the pictures has just been hard," Wiglesworth said while holding back tears.

The wait to see his granddaughter will end on Sunday with a homecoming ceremony at The Kentucky Horse Park.

"Absolutely wonderful, we're excited, ready spend a holiday together as a family," Wiglesworth said.

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