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Soldiers return home to Pulaski County

Friday was a big day for Suzie Jasper.

“Words cannot describe. I am so excited,” said the Somerset mother of two soldiers Friday at Beacon Hill Baptist Church.

Her two sons are coming home.

“This is the longest I’ve been away from either of my boys. Excitement is crazy,” she said at a celebration at the Somerset church.

Her sons James and Michael Sullivan were part of the 149th Maneuver Brigade Task Force Legion, which sent 1,300 soldiers to Iraq. Today, they’re seeing their families for the first time in months.

“I’m just happy to be home. I missed my family,” said Michael Sullivan.

“I’ve been with my husband ever since I was 15. Then we married. It’s been two years, I love him so much and he’s finally home,” said his wife, Morgan.

It could be an understatement but these guys have a lot of catching up to do. Some of them say they haven’t seen their children since they were a couple of weeks old.

“The littlest one was 6 weeks old when he left. Now he’s 8 months,” said Kortney Sullivan, whose husband, James was serving in Iraq.

Besides quality time with the kids, many have a lot to look forward to.

“Watching UK basketball on the couch, going to McDonalds,’ said James Sullivan.

And home just in time for the Holidays.

“When I heard they landed in Indiana, it was the greatest day of my life,” said Jasper.

But today could be the second.

Meanwhile, 38 other soldiers from the 149th Maneuver Brigade returned home to Middlesboro Friday afternoon.

Another group of about 30 soldiers will return to London tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory.


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