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AR Families Mark Holidays Without Citizen Soldiers

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) _ Four-year-old Luke Trubiano can point to
Iraq on a map and tell others his father is there fixing
helicopters. And though he's been gone since February, wife Robin
Trubiano says her children have been asking more about their father
recently.

The Trubiano family is one of many this holiday season in
Arkansas sharing meals while their loved ones serve in the armed
forces. Outside of active military, about one-thousand-700 Arkansas
National Guard members remain deployed overseas. Another 200 more
are in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona along the Mexican border.

Rob Trubiano serves as a maintenance test pilot for Black Hawk
helicopters. He is able to talk to his family via telephone about
every other day and they also correspond through e-mail.

Robin, who also serves in the military, says she is doing her
best to keep everything normal for Luke and his two-year-old
sister, Cecilia. When things get tough, Robin says she has
--quote-- ``pity parties and then I'll vent to my girlfriends and
suck it up and keep going.''

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