Nov 21, 2012 12:42 AM by Eric Ross

Soldiers return home for the holidays

FORT CARSON- More than 100 soldiers returned to their families Tuesday evening after spending the last 9 months overseas.

Since Pfc. John Martinez deployed, he had only seen pictures of his newborn son, Ian.

As soldiers raced across the special events center at Fort Carson to hug their loved ones, Martinez got the chance to hold little Ian for the first time.

"I had a really tough deployment but coming back to this makes it all worthwhile," he said.

Brittany Stave, a mother of 3 has waited 9 long months for her husband to return home too.

"To be a single parent is very difficult and it's not a life that we choose," she said. "It's a sacrifice that I do willingly because I love him (her husband) so much."

Capt. Nicholas Stave has been deployed three times.

He says his latest deployment has been the toughest with his wife giving birth to a newborn son, along with missing out on seeing his two young daughters grow up.

"They've grown a lot," he said. "I used to be able to hold them both without any problems. Now I'm going to hit muscle failure in a second but it's great!"

The Stave's are looking forward to finally spending their Thanksgiving under one roof, just like so many other families now reunited with loved ones.

As more troops make their way back on U.S. soil, these soldiers couldn't be more thankful for being able to return home just in time for the holidays.

There were about 50 more soldiers originally scheduled to return home Tuesday evening, but weren't able to make it because of a delay.

A homecoming for them will take place Wednesday at 4:35 p.m.



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