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A welcome and goodbye for military families

Posted at 5:13 PM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 18:13:14-05

While a group of Army National Guard members received a warm welcome in Lincoln Friday morning, a group of Army Reservists prepared to say goodbyes.

Around 100 army reserve soldiers and their 300 loved ones packed into Salem Baptist Church in Omaha.

Anthony Dela Rosa says each day away is hard. His unit is heading to Kuwait in the coming weeks, after a stop at Ft. Bragg.

"I just appreciate the support of friends, family and the community," Dela Rosa said. "It helps in a sense to have gone more than once because you know what to expect. But, it doesn't get any easier. But, it's the catch of the profession."

But he and his fellow soldiers live for moments like in Lincoln also Friday morning. A group of citizen-soldiers from the Army National Guard welcomed home by friends and family.

Nick Gruber was among the six Nebraska National Guard members returning from the Horn of Africa.

"It's great to be back," Gruber said. "See all the people that support us throughout our deployment and to be reunited with our families."