Preparing for Soldier Return

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Hundreds of Kentucky soldiers are making their way home after serving a year in Afghanistan. The 201st Engineering Battalion will be home tomorrow, and many families spent the day preparing for their big homecoming.

Specialist Bobby Napier will come home to Christmas at his home in Vicco. Napier's wife, Norma, says she wants to give her husband the things he missed during his deployment. She says, "That's probably been the hardest, trying to do it on our own, by ourself. And try to not let them see us cry and not let them know that it's bothering us and try to stay strong for them."

Streets in Vicco are lined with yellow ribbons and signs for Napier and Specialist Kirby Brown. Brown's mother, Vanessa, says this day could not come fast enough. She says, "Words can't describe it, it's unreal, you'll finely be able to take a deep breath. I just want to hug him and see his face, just feel his face and know that he's really here."

Brown's daughter, Kayleigh, is ready to see her father, and Napier's daughter says it was a long wait. Nine year old Shanda Napier says, "I'm really proud of him for being over there and just for being safe."

"It's important, I realize that, but it's hard when it's yours that's the one over there doing it," says Brown.

"People come up and ask about him and I'll tell them where he's at and what he's been doing, and just the gratitude that people show. We've had a lot of support," says Norma Napier.

Both families hope this is the last deployment for these soldiers, but say they will support them no matter what happens. The 400 soldiers with the 201st Engineering Battalion are expected to arrive at Boyd County Middle School late Thursday afternoon.


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  • by Della Location: Haddix on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:09 PM
    To the troops coming home...Thank you, I am proud of you, God Bless You, welcome home. Welcome home TJ Fraley!
  • by chase shepherd Location: p-burg on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    welcome home 2 all the soliders thanks for protecting our nation god bless each and everyone of you thanks it means alot to us knowing we will over come the bad and make it the land of the free ...god bless the USA IM WITH THE MARTIN FIRE DEPT # 2690 WE AT THE STATION ARE SO PROUD OF OUR MEN & WOMEN
  • by PIKE COUNTY on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    WELCOME HOME AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL
  • by dell Location: south eastern ky on Mar 5, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    god bless you all.we are so proud of you all.welcome home.
  • by VIETNAM VET Location: PIKE on Mar 5, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU ALL.
  • by J.R. Wilson Location: georgetown on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    Thank you.
  • by Jackie Location: Prestonsburg on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    God Bless the Troops! Thanks Guys for all you have done for our country. We are glad to have you home safely!
  • by Dean on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    Welcome home troops!!GOD BLESS THE USA!! GOD BLESS THE TROOPS!! GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS!! GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES OF ALL!!
  • by Leuky Location: Floyd County on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    Welcome home soldiers.Norma,Shanda and Kayleigh I know that you guys are enlighted.Give Bobby a big hug and thank-you for us.Best wishes to all.
  • by Amanda Location: Eastern on Mar 5, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    Thanks Guys and Gals for everything you are doing over there. We love you all and are so proud!

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