875th Soldiers coming "home" Monday

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – In a few short days a plane will land at a Mississippi airport carrying some hometown heroes.

The plane will land early Monday morning and the soldiers will then be bussed to Camp Shelby, Mississippi for about a week before coming home to their families.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin along with KAIT will be traveling to Mississippi over the weekend to greet the soldiers back home.  We will bring you images from their arrival Monday on Region 8 News at 5, 6 and 10.

The arrival back home comes after almost a year in Afghanistan, the 875th Route Clearance Company will be back in the United States and the excitement is building for families!

With each passing hour, the level of excitement for the Patterson and Barrow families gets higher and higher!  It has been a long, hard year and both families are ready to see their soldier's safe at home.

"Exciting and nervous and it can't get here soon enough," said Tasha Patterson.

Patterson is mom to four little boys and the wife of Sergeant Josh Patterson.

"My 3-year-old twins are trying to live in their yellow t-shirts right now.  They think it will make daddy come home faster," said Patterson.

While she knows every day that passes brings her husband and his fellow soldiers closer to home she says it's harder on her children.

"They don't understand how many days it is going to be.  They think, 'Oh, I'm going to get home from school and he's going to be here'," said Patterson.

"I try to keep my mind occupied and I'm always thinking, 'Are they safe' ," said Barrow.

Mona Barrow's two sons are also deployed with the group.  She said her oldest, Sergeant Bruce Barrow has already arrived back in the US, while her younger son Sergeant Shane Barrow will arrive with the other soldiers early Monday morning.

"It's really been a hard year knowing their over in harms way and you're at home safe and it's just hard," said Barrow.

"Getting out and going to the movies going out to eat just getting your mind off of it.  They may think, 'oh, this isn't doing any good,' but it helps a lot," said.

This is the first deployment for Patterson and the second for her husband.  She said her four boys are excited to have their dad back home, but know he's been doing an important job.     

"If you ask them where their daddy is at and they'll say he is at work.  If you ask where their daddy works they'll say Kandahar, Afghanistan," said Patterson.

The return home will also mean new introductions.

"He has a six-month-old baby and he hasn't seen her since she was two weeks old so we're excited to see the expression on his face because this is his first time to be a dad," said Barrow.

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