Soldiers' families thankful for their loved ones

Soldiers' families thankful for their loved ones

November 25, 2009 9:20:15 PM PST
As soldiers are deployed for the holidays, their families are back at home thankful for the sacrifices they make everyday.Even though President Barack Obama's decision to send more than 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in the coming months will not involve Fort Bragg troops initially, military families say they know at some point their loved ones will be deployed.

Already, thousands of Fort Bragg troops are in Afghanistan.

One soldier's wife, Tarita Harris, and her family are sharing their Thanksgiving with her neighbor from Korea. Harris says this isn't the first time she's been separated from her husband because of war.

Ltc. Montey Harris is an officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. Right now he's fighting in Afghanistan.

He will be back home in March, but Harris says she knows he'll be deployed again.

"Oh, I have no doubt in my mind, he is a soldier," Harris said. "He has been one now going on 20 years in the service as a ? in the Officer's Corps. That is his commitment."

Harris says having her husband gone is extremely hard on their five children. She says she keeps them busy with a variety of activities, like going to the movies and bowling.

"And then I also keep them involved in sports, tutoring programs ? whatever the case may be," she said.

Harris says she is thankful this holiday season for her family and friends who are close by and prays everyday that her husband and all service members stay safe.

"Because they are ultimately soldiers and unfortunately some will sacrifice the goal in having their lives taken for our country," Harris said.

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