Soldier Spends Christmas At Home

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

He spent two Christmases serving our country in Iraq and this year a Pike County soldier is home celebrating with his family and friends.

Staff Sergeant T.J. Coleman survived two attacks during his first tour of duty in 2004.

He says the second tour in Iraq was much different, but Coleman and his family are very excited he's finally home.

Staff Sergeant T.J. Coleman spent a total of five years away from home, serving in the army. Last Christmas he was in the middle of a 15-month tour in Iraq.

“Well being gone for so long, anything at home you appreciate it all. Family and friends, it's just a great thing to be home this time,” T.J. Said.

Coleman, a Millard High School graduate, says he always wanted to join the military.

“This is the only place I was born and raised. Pretty much after graduation I took off. I'm ready to come back home,” T.J. said.

Now that he's home, Coleman looks forward to fixing up his 70's model Chevy Nova with his father.

He says the support of his family is what kept him going overseas.

“It was hard, but still you have to support him. You know what he does. No matter if he's in danger. Whatever, you still have to be there for him,” Lois Coleman said.

Coleman says there was less fighting during his second tour in Iraq.

His infantry division helped Iraqis establish new government and set-up schools, which gave him the chance to reach out to people.

Coleman and his family agree, it's time to have their hero back in the mountains, even if its just for a little while.

Staff Sergeant Coleman will head back to base in Germany on January 4th.

He plans to come home for good in March after his service is up.


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  • by Brandie Location: Miller on Jan 15, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    I know this awesome guy!! not only is he one of the finest that serves our country, he is a true friend, Loyal to the end and always there no matter if he is in iraq or germany or home at millard, we went to elementary middle and part of high school together, love him to death,. thanks teddy your awesome
  • by resident of Location: millard, ky on Dec 27, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    THANK YOU FOR SERVING, hope you're having a wonderful holiday with your family ! Please know that your service to our country is deeply honorable. THANK YOU
  • by Gina Location: Prestonsburg on Dec 26, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    Happy Holidays Staff Sergeant Coleman and welcome home. I am very proud of you and thankful for you. Thank you for serving and protecting. Have a Happy New Year. God bless you and your family and keep you safe. I pray for your safe return home for good.
  • by Shiro Location: Floyd County on Dec 26, 2008 at 09:58 AM
    Welcome home soldier,enjoy your Holidays.Hope you have a blessed one with your family.Thank-you for everything you and the troops have done to keep us safe.God blessed and be safe.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pike Co. Resident on Dec 26, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    Thank you so much for you service and dedication to your country!!! This also means you are a part of our family, because that is what famioy does is protect each other!! So now you have our love and respect welcome to our family of freedom because of YOU, and others like you that are willing to sacrifice for oou country!!!!! THANK YOU ever so much, and we will pray for your safe return home fo good in March. A thankful Pike Countain...

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