Veterans Help Support Soldiers

WEST MEMPHIS, AR -- Deployed soldiers are getting some welcome home support from some who were once in their shoes.

"I can't tell you how much we appreciate the veterans coming through for us during the war.  They've been so enthusiastic.  We've never had to ask twice," said Becky Rushing.

One of those veterans is Claude "Shorty" Steele.

"Having served in the United States Army in the Korean conflict I found out that patriotism is something we are very short on.  I thought by getting involved, it could help bring patriotism back to America," said Steele.

"I just really want them to know we love them, we care about them, we support them, and we are behind them 100%," said Rushing.

The most visible welcome are the signs.  It's a different scene from what soldiers of wars past saw when they came home.

"That's something we're hearing over and over again.  We don't want that to happen again.  We want these men to know we stand behind them and that hopefully, we have learned from the past and won't repeat that any time soon," said Rushing.

"Freedom is not free.  They have provided us a sacrifice to give us our freedom," said Steele.

Having the support of the veterans for something like this makes the families of soldiers returning now hopeful for the future.

"They will support the men that go over there.  They always will.  I hope that they continue to set an example for the younger one's so that they will also want to support the soldiers that come behind them," said Rushing.

The soldiers are supposed to arrive back in Region 8 on Saturday.  If you would like to get one of the t-shirts to welcome the soldiers back home, here are the numbers:

Hope Mullins Alpha Company 870-588-5175 Sandy Brown Shirts
Carrrie MacDonald Charlie Company 870-212-0833 Yellow Shirts
Kim Meredith Headquarters Company 870-897-7677 Yellow Shirts